Fall 2022 - SA 366 D200

Special Topics in Sociology (S) (4)

Spaces of Memory

Class Number: 8022

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 5118, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Lindsey Freeman
    Office: AQ 5060
    Office Hours: Mondays, 1:15 – 2:15pm
  • 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 miniature. Memory spaces, like memories themselves can be individually-driven or socially-ignited, 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, diverse spaces of memory will be considered, alongside the possibilities and pitfalls of forgetting.


The key aim of the course is for students to gain conceptual tools to be able to think across different levels of memory from individual to social. Upon completion of the course students should be able to analyze key aspects of social memory, forgetting, and methods of remembrance. They should be able to write and discuss clearly and coherently some of the dynamics, difficulties, and tensions in the field of social memory and its stakes.


  • Participation 10%
  • Weekly responses in Canvas discussion page 40%
  • Longer paper of exactly 3000 words 50%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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  • All texts assigned for the week should be read before class.


  • Students should attend class meetings whenever possible.


  • Weekly responses: Exactly 500 words, 1 image, or 1 song responding to assigned texts or films.


* students must post 9 responses (out of 10 possible) during the semester (only one per week) in advance of our Zoom meeting. For an “A” at least 7 need to be written. For a “B” at least 6 need to be written. For a “C” at least 5 need to be written.


* students must read their responses out loud during our meetings at least 2 times for full participation points.




All texts are available online through SFU library or will be uploaded as pdfs on Canvas.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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