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In this course, we will examine the dimensions of power in society. Furthermore, we will explore the construction and deconstruction of social borders by society and individuals. Through the theoretical lenses of functionalism and conflict theory, we will explore a variety of topics related to power: conforming, education policy, and social movements. This course aims to improve your academic and language skills, with emphasis placed on thesis-driven writing. To achieve these goals, we will critically interact with, discuss, and write about a wide range of texts thematically linked to socially constructed borders.
In this course, we will explore issues in geopolitics. Furthermore, we will explore the construction and deconstruction of national, geographical, psychological, and sociological borders by society and individuals. We will explore how geopolitical issues are represented in films and series. Through a geographic lens, we will interrogate the border issues in the Arctic region. Then, each student will conduct their own research project about a border related issue. In this course, through class discussions, film and text analysis, and the individual research project, you will also be able to improve your research, academic writing, language and speaking skills.
I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in French/Internationals Studies and Education, respectively. I have taught English courses and teacher education courses in the United States, Turkey, and France.