Learning Sociology with Homer: Sociological Imagination through The Simpsons

Summer 2020 Second Session
Olympia
Weekend
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Dubbed the 20th century's best television series in the U.S. and even predicting the election of the current president, The Simpsons has been an iconic fixture in the American cultural landscape for three decades. In this class, we will learn to practice sociological imagination through critical analysis of Springfield, the town of the Simpsons, as a microcosm of American society. We will study sociological concepts and theories related to family, gender roles, education, environmental issues, race and ethnicity, and class. Our overall goal is to build critical thinking skills in applying sociological theories to specific cases such as the Simpsons and examine the intricate relationship between media and our understanding of the society. Based on their critique of the Simpsons, students will have the opportunity to create a script of a new episode of The Simpsons or revise an existing episode.

Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.

Registration

Summer 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Second Session (4): 40035

Academic details

Preparatory For

Sociology, education, media studies

Credits
4
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

Time Offered
Weekend
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia