Human Hierarchies

Classes in Human Hierarchies: SOC 204 (Intro to Sociology), WGS 101 (Women, Difference, and Power), and WGS 199 (College Connections).

This class explores questions of privilege and power in society, particularly considering how our seemingly personal experiences are shaped by larger social/cultural/political processes (intersections) and how these are differentially structured and valued (hierarchies).

College Connections Faculty: Yvonne Braun

Photo of College Connections faculty for Human Hierarchies, Yvonne Braun.

Professor Braun’s research focuses on intersection of gender, development, environment, and globalization, with a specific focus on the social and socio-environmental consequences of a large-scale World Bank funded dam development project in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

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FIG Assistant: Zoe Haakenstad

Zoe is available by email all summer. She is in the process of making a group Facebook page, too! 


Summer Assignment

Welcome to the Human Hierarchies FIG! We are so excited to have you in class and to meet you in the fall. In preparation for our time together, please follow the link below to answer a pre-class survey that tells us a little bit about you, your interests, and your comfort with some academic content. There is also a prompt to please watch and reflect on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story. Please reflect on Adichie's main point in your own words. Did one or two messages particularly strike you? Why do you think these points are significant for understanding human societies, differences,  and experiences? (no more than 200 words, please)

Survey link: Human Hierarchies FIG Pre-Class Survey and Summer Assignment

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.