That is a new feature from the Open Syllabus Project, an online database of university syllabi. (What a great idea, by the way!) Last month’s featured syllabus, which is just one page long (!!!), is for Professor Kieran Healy’s graduate-level course “Social Theory Through Complaining.” (Dr Healy teaches sociology at Duke.) Here is the course description:
This course is an intensive introduction to some main themes in social theory. It is required of first-year Ph.D. students in the sociology department. Each week we will focus on something grad students complain about when they are forced to take theory. You are required to attend under protest, write a paper that’s a total waste of your time, and complain constantly. Passive-aggressive silence will not be sufficient for credit.
I didn’t know about the Open Syllabus Project. It’s a good thing but I also imagine many lesser academics steal lots from it, preparing for a class much faster and including readings which they later find they’re not that comfortable with 😉
This is probably why the Healy syllabus is just one page: Another prof could “steal” her general idea but not the actual details of her intriguing course. For my part, I’m going to post my own syllabus for my survey course in business law (in which I use the founding of Facebook to explore various issues in law and ethics in depth) with the hopes that other college instructors actually steal from it!
Nice thought! 🙂
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