This is the final set of readings and videos for the class. Much like the other quizzes and study materials, these will not mirror what we cover in lecture but there will be some overlap. We have included what we think are interesting articles and videos. That said, keep in mind that there are a lot people in the class and so what’s less interesting for you is surely interesting for someone else.
Videos: about 3.5 hours total
Readings: about 3 hours total
Here is a very cool article by Sam’s friend. It’s very much an outside-the-box article and worth reading. It should inspire some thought in how you see the world.
READ THE ARTICLE: “How to enslave people with addiction”
Here is an article that will help put immigration into perspective. As you’re reading think about how much you really know about Mexico.
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Country Just Over the Fence”
This assignment is a video that I think is worth contemplation. It goes along with a good deal of what we’re discussing in class — about critical thinking, about ethnocentrism, about inequality. It’s worth contemplation.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “Changing Education Paradigms”
Here is a thoughtful video about the many dimensions of sexuality. Give yourself to it and think about how it is that you came to your own sexuality and your sociological, biological, emotional, psychological conception of self.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “Fifty Shades of Gay”
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “How Economic Inequality Harms Societies”
In this travel documentary, Rick Steves takes us into the heart of our current number one enemy — Iran. Watching this video it’s tough to imagine going to war against the people of this country, people who seem pretty damn friendly toward the United States. Of course, there are some reminders that their government isn’t officially friendly toward some of our allies. (Check out: 32:32 — WTF?)
WATCH THE VIDEO: “Iran: Yesterday and Today”
Here is a video that is really inspirational. That’s all. Nobody has to try to be like this young girl. Traveling and taking certain risks is not essential for everyone to “come alive.” But becoming educated and growing outside of a classroom is possible and sometimes preferable.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “”Maggie Doyne — Why the human family can do better”
This is a perspective-taking article. As you read it, think about the title — and think about what Native Americans are thinking about “right” and “privileges” and “citizenship.”
READ THE ARTICLE: “The US-Mexico Border: Where the Constitution Goes to Die”
Here is a pretty good article on implicit bias. It’s not only worth reading…it’s actually useful reading.
READ THE ARTICLE: “Implicit Bias is Real”
This is an article that discusses meta data analysis and data between and among members of different ancestry groups in the United States. The articles explores the differences between what people say is OK and what they themselves actually do. It’s quite interesting:
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Weird Racial Politics of Online Dating”
11. Here is a very short article about multiculturalism and television — where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going in the future.
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Post Racial Revolution Will Be Televised”
Here is a thought-provoking article. Is this progressive or regressive? Would it be a global phenomenon if we lived in a “women-centered world”?
READ THE ARTICLE: “Zambia women’s ‘day off for periods’ sparks debate”
This is a talk that Sam gave a few years back and it should provoke you to think about a few things in some different ways.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “A Radical Experiment in Empathy”
Here’s a talk by Erik “Gomez” Morales about immigration from the perspective of someone who has been on the other side of the fence. Erik was the main technology TA for Soc 119 for many years.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “Through the Eyes of an Immigrant”
Here’s an article on gender inequality in the place where one might imagine that we’d least expect to witness it — the tech sector where “worth” is considered to be based on skill and skill alone.
READ THE ARTICLE: Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?