Fall 2019 - SA 366 D300

Special Topics in Sociology (S) (4)

Spaces of Memory

Class Number: 9142

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Lindsey Freeman
    Office: AQ 5075
    Office Hours: MO 13:00-15:00
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



Explores a topic in Sociology not regularly offered by the department.


This course will examine a wide range of memory spaces from the gigantic to the seemingly insignificant. Memory spaces, like memories themselves can be individual or social, they can evoke or reflect deeply personal experiences, or they can hold significance for a larger social milieu. They can be places for celebration of grand accomplishments or the grandly accomplished, houses of entertainment, realms for edification, or places for healing and reflection after traumatic events. Throughout the course, the spaces of homes, museums, cities, photographs, and ruins will be examined.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Response papers 40%
  • Final paper (10-12 pg) 40%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html



Barthes, R. (1982). Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York: Hill & Wang.
ISBN: 978-0-809013982

Benjamin, W. (2006). Berlin Childhood around 1900. Cambridge: Belknap Press.
ISBN: 978-0-674022225

Freeman, L. (2019). This Atom Bomb in Me. Redwood City, CA: Redwood Press
ISBN: 978-1-503606890

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html