Readings in Social Sciences

Crédit : 2 ECTS
Langue du cours : anglais

Volume horaire

  • Volume horaire global (hors stage) : 18 h

Given the globalization of the academic world, English has become the universal language of social science. But translations are always transpositions. The aim of this course is to introduce to fields in social sciences that are not usually taught in France. The course will provide the students with a better understanding of social sciences in different national contexts (North America, UK, France, India) from the end of the 19th century until today.

The course is designed as a reading seminar in social sciences. Students are expected to read the mandatory readings in advance for each session (approx. 50 pages in English every week) and to be able to present and discuss them during the sessions with other participants. Additional readings are recommended to get a deeper understanding of the topic of the session. Academic discussion on the assigned readings and completion of the related pre-assignment are important parts of class participation.
The theme of the course is class, gender and race and their intersections. Texts discussed come from all disciplines of social sciences: Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, History, Law, because crossing boundaries of disciplines is a major way to produce new knowledge in social sciences.


  1. Presence & Participation: 33% of the final note.
  2. In addition to reading the article package assigned to the course, the students are expected to write analyses of the mandatory papers for each session. The idea of the pre-assignment is to encourage students to read through the assigned reading before the course and it also functions as a springboard for discussion during the course: 33% of the final note.
  3. Curating the seminar. Every week, two students curate the seminar. They present the paper and they initiate the discussion: 33% of the final note.

No prerequisite.

  • Classics on Class, Gender, Race
E. P. Thompson, “Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism”, Past & Present, 38, 1967 : 56-97 (41p.)
Sex, Gender & Housework
Ann Oakley, Sex, Gender & Society, 1972 (extracts, 25 p.)
Ann Oakley, The Sociology of Housework, 1974 (extracts, 32 p.)
WEB DuBois, The Philadelphia Negro, 1899 [1996] (extracts)
Dan Green & Earl Smith, “WEB DuBois and the Concepts of Race and Class”, Phylon, 44, 1983, 262-272 (12p.)
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son, 1955 (extracts, 19p.)
Film, Raoul Peck, I am not your Negro, 2016 (1H34)
  • After the Linguistic/Cultural Turn
Subaltern/Post-colonial Studies :
Ranajit Guha, “On Some Aspects of The Historiography of Colonial India”, Subaltern Sudies, 1982 (5p.)
Ranajit Guha, “The Prose of Counter-Insurgency”, Subaltern Sudies, 1982 (21p.)
Law and Society : the Ordinary Life of Law
Michael Lipsky, Dilemmas of The Individual in Public Services, 1980 [2010] (40p.)
Patricia Ewick and Susan Silbey, The Common Place of Law, 1998 (extracts, 27p.)

Feminist Studies after the Linguistic Turn :
from Housework to Care
Joan Tronto, “The “Nanny” Question in Feminism”, Hypatia, 17.2, 2002 (18p.)
Viviana Zelizer, “Caring Everywhere”, 2007 (16p.)
Queer theory
Stephen Valocchi, “Not Yet Queer Enough. The Lessons of Queer Theory for the Sociology of Gender and Sexuality”, Gender and Society,19, 2005 (21p.)
Critical Race Theory
Cheryl Harris, “Whiteness as Property”, Harvard Law Review, 106, 1993, (86p.)
Cheona A. Flippen, “Intersectionality at Work : Determinants of Labor Supply among Immigrant Latinas”, Gender & Society, 28, 3, 2014 (31p.)
The election of Trump
Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Lands, 2016 (extracts)
JD Vancey, Hillbilly Elegy, 2016
Hugh Gusterson, “From Brexit to Trump. Anthropology and the Rise of Nationalist Populism”, American Ethnologist, 44, 2, 2017 (6p.)
Carole Mc Granahan, “An Anthropology of Lying : Trump and the Political Sociality of Moral Outrage”, American Ethnologist, 44, 2, 2017 (6p.)
Jonathan Rosa & Yarimar Bonilla, “Deprovincializing Trump, decolonizing diversity, and unsettling anthropology”, American Ethnologist, 44, 2, 2017 (8p.)
Christine Walley, “Trump’s election and the “white working class”: What we missed”, American Ethnologist, 44, 2, 2017 (6p).

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