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SOC 250
Honors Seminar: Zen Sociology


Credits: 2
Clock Hours per Quarter: 20

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Lecture Hours:20


Description
This honors seminar explores Zen Sociology, which sociologist Bernard McGrane describes as "applied meditation". As with all sociology courses, the relation between society and self is explored. Using McGrane's book, The Un-TV and the 10MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life, students will observe and experience everyday life in a new, eye-opening, outside-of-the-box manner. Prerequisite: Member of Honors program or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Observe self and the social world in novel and unique ways.
  • Experience personal revelations through Zen experiments.
  • Ability to collaborate with others to develop original Zen-inspired sociological experiments.
  • Demonstrate honors level written and communication skills.

  • Course Topics
  • What is Zen-inspired Sociology?
  • How do we do "applied meditation"?
  • Un-occupied discovery of self and social world
  • The Un-TV
  • The Looking Glass Self
  • Sociological Theory
  • Car Wars - Autos and Egos
  • Buddha and the Toilet Bowl - Thinking Outside the Bowl
  • Earth Walk
  • Power and No Power
  • Psychoanalysis and Denial
  • Non-Ordinary Reality
  • Designing Zen sociological experiments



  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 250
    Spring 2013
    1522
    Susan Palmer
    SOC 250
    Winter 2005
    2191
    Susan Palmer


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.