Spring 2019 - SA 340 D100

Social Issues and Social Policy Analysis (SA) (4)

Class Number: 3078

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Lindsey Freeman
    Office: AQ 5075
    Office Hours: MO|WE 12:00-13:00
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



An examination of how sociological and anthropological theories and methods can be applied to the examination of social problems and issues which become the object of social policy. A central concern of the course is the question of how social issues are defined as problematic. Particular attention will be given to gender, ethnicity, class and generation. Substantive examples of social policy issues will be selected from a number of fields.


“The spring semester! It was both aptly and inaptly named.” – Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs

How do environmental challenges, the contradictions of capitalism, and histories of violence shape contemporary life? How do social issues effect our identities, communities, and sense of belonging? In this course, students will learn how to wield sociological and anthropological concepts and theories, and to communicate and write clearly and analytically about social issues.


  • Participation 10%
  • Short writing assignments 10%
  • Presentations (2 x 10%) 20%
  • Midterm paper 20%
  • Term paper 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.



Marc Auge. 2013. No Fixed Abode: Ethnofiction. Calcutta: Seagull Books.
ISBN: 978-0-857420961

Javier Auyero & Deborah Swinton. 2009. Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-195372939

Lindsey Freeman. 2019. This Atom Bomb in Me. Redwood City, CA: Redwood Press/Stanford University Press.
ISBN: 978-1-503606890

Claudia Rankine. 2014. Citizen: An American Lyric. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press.
ISBN: 978-1-555976903

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