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Faculty Profile

Dan Schubert

Associate Professor of Sociology (1996)

Contact Information

schubert@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 314
717.245.1227

Bio

He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.

Education

  • B.A., Towson State University, 1983
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 1989
  • Ph.D., 1995

Awards

  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2017-18

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

SOCI 230 Health Justice & Societal Chng
Health justice is the process of creating equity in our public health system by working alongside community members to envision an environment that promotes health rather than destroys it. ( The Network for Public Health Law). Health injustice has contributed to the margination of historically disinvested communities. Throughout the history of the United States health advocates , neighborhood coalitions and other community change organizations have engaged in meaningful resistance to the systematic barriers that derails an environment where all individuals can reach their highest potential of health. This course examines the sociological factors that have contributed to the development of historical and present health injustices in the United States, while also exploring modern advocacy efforts to achieve health equity.

SOCI 330 Classical Sociological Theory
This course will examine alternative ways of understanding the human being, society, and culture as they have been presented in classical sociological theory (through 1925). It will focus on the theoretical logic of accounting for simple and complex forms of social life, interactions between social processes and individual and group identities, major and minor changes in society and culture, and the linkages between intimate and large-scale human experience. Prerequisite: 110 and one additional course in sociology, or permission of instructor. Offered every fall.

SOCI 400 Pol/Soc Domination & Consent
If reality is socially constructed, then it can be socially dismantled and reconstructed as well. Why doesn’t that happen very often? In this class we will examine ways in which political and social order and control are constructed and maintained in modern societies. Those in positions of power and privilege usually seek to maintain those positions, in part by ensuring the legitimacy of the social system itself. But do those in more subordinate positions also contribute to their own domination in some ways? Our primary focus will be on relations between political domination, consent, and resistance. In what ways – and when and where – is domination found and what is the role of consent in its maintenance? How is domination established and maintained, on the one hand, and on the other how is it resisted, changed, or overthrown? We will examine these questions by exploring the writings of a range of political/social theorists, including Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, James Scott, Audre Lorde, and Pierre Bourdieu.