Posts Tagged ‘Masculinity’


My 2014 Summer Classes

July 2, 2014

When I first thought about this summer, I was caught between doing what I did last year or doing something new. The academic year was so busy for me that I didn’t have the time to sit and do the research for the new classes I had in mind. When I had time off during Regents Week, I took a much needed break. During most breaks in the academic year, I was usually went away for something work related (ie. conferences, counselor trips).

Once I was fully rested during Regents Week, I cracked down on researching materials for the classes. It was so down to the wire that I almost considered just doing the classes I did last year. But I didn’t give up because I felt these new classes were as important as what I did before. So, I’m glad to share with you all the syllabuses. Feel free to follow along and engage!

The Daily Poverty Show
In this class, students will explore the issue of poverty using clips from The Daily Show, articles and other video sources.

Attendance: 15%
Discussion: 40%
Notes: 15%
Leading Discussion: 30%

Week 1
June 30th: Class Warfare—warren-buffett-vs–wealthy-conservatives—the-poor-s-free-ride-is-over

July 1st: Welfare Test and Health Care—knoxville–tennessee-edition

July 2nd: The Welfare Abusers–a-waste-odyssey

July 3rd: The Wage Fight—fast-food—minimum-wage—the-poverty-line
Homework: Joseph E. Stiglitz’s “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%” in May 2011’s Vanity Fair

Week 2
July 7th: Inequality for All showing (Netflix)

July 8th: Continuation of Inequality for All

July 9th: Growth or Lack Thereof
Neil Irwin’s “Growth Has Been Good for Decades. So Why Hasn’t Poverty Declined?” in The New York Times
Homework: Trip Gabriel’s “50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back” in The New York Times

July 10th: The Great Society vs. Now

Week 3
July 14th: Out of Touch—power-of-love

July 15th: Politics Over Life—-taker–states

July 16th: Cutting Life Lines

July 17th: Homelessness in Another Light

Week 4
July 21st: A Place at the Table showing (Netflix)

July 22nd: Food Insecurity
Continuation of A Place at the Table

July 23rd: History or Poverty

July 24th: The Poorest City in America

Week 5
Students’ Choice

Building a Complete Me
In this class, male students will explore topics that relate to their growth in discussions using videos and articles.

Attendance: 15%
Discussion: 40%
Notes: 15%
Leading Discussion: 30%

#1 Rule: What is Said by Another Student Stays in the Room

Week 1: Defining Manhood
June 30th: Barack & Curtis

July 1st: What It Means to Be a Man (Presentation)

July 2nd: Violence and the Media
Tough Guise – Violence Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

July 3rd: Free Talk

Week 2: Loving Yourself
July 7th: “The Importance of Male Self-Love”

July 8th: “Increase Your Self-Esteem”

July 9th: “The Skill of Self Confidence”

July 10th: Free Talk

Week 3: Having Swag and Productive Friendships/Relationships
July 14th: Changing and Creating Your Own Style

July 15th: Being Honest and Giving Respect
Matt Walsh’s “Dear single dudes: it’s time to man up”

July 16th: What is a Friend?
Fredric Neuman’s “What to Expect From a Friend”

July 17th: Free Talk (Setting Limits)

Week 4: Fathers
July 21st: Nothing but a Man showing

July 22nd: Continuation of Nothing but a Man

July 23rd: Smoke Signals showing

July 24th: Continuation of Smoke Signals

Week 5
Student’s Choice