Minor in Critical Social Thought
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Dean: Dr. Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo
Department of Political Science
Humanities Building, Room 304
Phone: (415) 338-2247
Chair: Nicole Watts
Graduate Coordinator: Katherine Gordy
Critical Social Thought Program
Humanities Building, Room 304
Phone: (415) 338-2247
Coordinator: James Martel
Critical social theory challenges contemporary forms of political-economic power. In coursework and internships, the Minor in Critical Social Thought program draws from Marxism, socialism, anarchism, the Frankfurt School, radical environmentalism and anti-consumerism, postmodernism and post-structuralism, globalization studies, feminism, queer theory, postcolonial and subaltern studies, disability studies, critical race theory, theories of art and visual representation, and other systems of thought that pay attention to the questions of power and exploitation in world politics, culture, economics, and the formation of identities.
The minor seeks to address the way that so much of contemporary social thought is uncritical. It is guided by the belief that a better world is possible and that social thought has an important role in outlining the form such a world might take and identifying the agents who might be capable of bringing it about.
Critical social thought serves as a foundation in critical theory that can be applied to a variety of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Critical social thought can be pursued in conjunction with any number of majors enriching and diversifying these fields of study including but not limited to sociology, human sexuality studies, psychology, history, philosophy, women and gender studies, Latinx studies, ethnic studies, political science, international relations, criminal justice, etc. In addition, critical social thought can help establish skills that will be useful in post-graduate careers ranging from social activism and social work to politics, law, health care, policy, and many others.
Peter Biella (1999), Professor in Anthropology. Ph.D. Temple University.
Teresa Carrillo (1993), Professor in Latina/Latino Studies. Ph.D. Stanford University.
Mariana Ferreira (2003), Professor in Liberal Studies. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco.
Katherine Gordy (2008), Professor in Political Science. Ph.D. Cornell University.
Joel J. Kassiola (1995), Professor in Political Science. Ph.D. Princeton University.
James R. Martel (2002), Professor in Political Science. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.
Raquel Rivera Pinderhuges (1992), Professor in Urban Studies and Planning. Ph.D. Graduate Center of New York.
Critical Social Thought, Minor – 15-19 units
Each student shall, in consultation with a faculty advisor, develop an individual program of 15-19 units. Students may also take an internship program in political activism or other related areas in conjunction with these classes to count towards the minor. If the introductory course is not available, other courses can be substituted on advisement.
A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.
All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Introduction (3 units)
Overview of the tradition of critical social thought.
|CST 300/PLSI 386||Introduction to Critical Social Thought||3|
Core - Theory and Pedagogy (6-8 units)
Select At Least Two:
|PHIL 330||Political Philosophy||3|
|PLSI 351||Political Theory: The Classical Tradition||4|
|PLSI/PHIL 355||Politics and Ethics of the Consumer Society||3|
|PLSI 360||Development of American Political Thought||4|
|SOC 394||Sociological Field Methods||4|
|SOC 272||Social Inequality: Poverty, Wealth, and Privilege||4|
Electives (6-8 units)
Choose at least two courses from at least two of the following fields:
- Identity and Resistance
- Globalism, Empire, and Social Movements
- Culture as Critical Social Thought
An approved internship may be substituted for 3-4 units of electives.
Identity and Resistance (3-4 units)
|ANTH/CST 320||Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis||3|
|ANTH 569/SXS 567||Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender||3|
|ANTH/CST 590/WGS 595||Feminist Anthropology||3|
|GPS/PHIL 375||Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.||3|
|HUM 360||Styles of African Cultural Expression||3|
|HUM 415||Thinking the Present: Comparative Arts and Culture||3|
|LTNS 415||Latina/o Economic Empowerment||3|
|PLSI 381||Political Theories of Sexuality||4|
|SXS 455||Sex, Power, and Politics||3|
Globalism, Empire, and Social Movements (3-4 units)
|ANTH/CST 585||Globalization and World Cultures||3|
|GPS/I R/PHIL 315||Introduction to Global Peace Studies||3|
|HIST 343||Soviet Russia, the West, and the Cold War||3|
|HIST 390||Era of the World Wars 1918 to 1945||3|
|HIST 398||History of Modern European Imperialism||3|
|LTNS/WGS 445||Gendered Borders: Latinas and Globalization||3|
|PHIL 435/I R 436||Human Rights in Global Perspective||3|
|PLSI 354||Politics, the Environment, and Social Change||4|
|USP 514||Sustainable Development in Cities||4|
|USP 515/GEOG 667||Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment||4|
Culture as Critical Social Thought (3-4 units)
|ANTH/CINE 327||Anthropology and Film||3|
|ARTH 403/SXS 405||Queer Art History||3|
|BECA/WGS 485||Women and Media||3|
|CINE 305/JS 405||Film and the Holocaust||3|
|CINE 308||Third Cinema||3|
|CINE 342||Documentary Film||3|
|CINE 373||Film and Society||3|
|COMM 525||Sexualities and Communication||4|
|DANC 350||Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives||3|
|MUS 505||Music of the World's Peoples||3|
|MUS 511||The Roots of Rock||3|
CST 300 Introduction to Critical Social Thought (Units: 3)
Prerequisites: GE Areas A1*, A2*, A3*, and B4* all with grades of C- or better or permission of the instructor.
(This course is offered as CST 300 and PLSI 386. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)
- UD-D: Social Sciences
- Social Justice
CST 320 Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis (Units: 3)
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.
(This course is offered as ANTH 320 and CST 320. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)
CST 585 Globalization and World Cultures (Units: 3)
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or permission of the instructor.
(This course is offered as ANTH 585 and CST 585. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)
CST 590 Feminist Anthropology (Units: 3)
Prerequisite: GE Area A2.
(This course is offered as ANTH 590, CST 590, and WGS 595. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)