Sociology through Theater
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: DO NOT USE
Course Number: LSOC 3013
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Theater, a social institution established to re-create dramatic situations, are examined here as a domain where key social and political issues are explored before a public. Reflecting the social situation of the time, theater itself has been---especially during times of social crisis----a facilitator of new social situations and ideas. For those who study culture, society, and politics, theater bridges the gap between the political theories and discourse of the time and the time's manifested cultural forms. Using diverse literary, visual, and theoretical sources, studenst examine such questions as those posed by the Greeks on the rights and responsibilities of the ruler; post-revolutionary and post-romantic debates on how people should be governed, and on the need for a nation-state; and the defense of the proletarian revolution and the polemics with emerging fascism in 1920s Europe. This course also satisfies some requirements in Culture and Media, tracks MH. This course includes a required online and/or out of class component. This four-credit course meets for fewer in-class hours than others but requires additional outside of class activities.
Open to Undergraduate students.