upcoming Fall 2017 courses & deadlines

CRES / Restorative justice / professor nathaline frener

Join us for a critical and engaging discussion about the principles and practices of Restorative Justice. Through course dialogues and activities we will explore the needs and roles of victims, offenders, communities, and justice systems, as well as outline the principles and values of Restorative Justice. Assumptions about—and labels given to—all those involved will be examined. This is a transformative learning experience that emphasizes collaboration and dialogue, while inviting students to address crime, justice, and other issues of social concern.

Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Mondays from 6pm-8:30pmApplications are due May 10, 2017 by 5pm to Professor Frener in the Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program, Suite 137, UO Law School.

(Current courses) Spring 2017

SOC 410 / Race, Gender and Poverty in the US / professor ellen scott

In this course, we will we will consider the intersections of race, gender and class and how they are experienced in, and how they shape institutions, such as the labor market, social welfare system, education, family life and parenting, and the criminal justice system, for example.  We will read 4-5 ethnographies to examine the politics of race, class and gender in the United States. The class will be entirely discussion-based, with the possible use of an occasional short film to highlight the themes in the texts read for the week.  We will conclude by employing the concepts from the course to examine our own lives through the lens of the institutional structures studied (work/economy, education, family, criminal justice system).  This will constitute the core of the final essay for the course.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Tuesdays from 6pm-8:30pmApplications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 by 12pm to Professor Ellen Scott’s mailbox 7th Floor of PLC Hall, Room 736. 

FHS 410 / liberatiNg education / PROFESSOR Deanna chappell belcher

In the course, both inside and outside students will thoughtfully examine our deeply held, even cherished, notions of the role of education in our lives, democracy, and society.  What do we believe about public education and what is the source of that belief?  Second, we will critically question the actual role of our system of public education in our society today, and how it has evolved over time.  Final projects will ask students to envision an ideal public education system, one that is liberated from its historical assumptions and is able to provide liberation, rather than schooling, to all people.
Attend these interest sessions for more information. Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Mondays from 6pm-8:30pmApplications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.

HC 421H / Religion, Ethics, and Literature: Tolstoy's Resurrection / PROFESSOR Steve Shankman

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the greatest and most influential masters of the novel. The Russian literary classics of the nineteenth century, including the novels of Tolstoy, made a profound impression on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), perhaps the greatest philosopher of ethics of our era. We will carefully read Tolstoy’s late novel Resurrection, paying special attention to what the novel has to say about ethics understood in Levinas’s sense: my inescapable responsibility for a unique and irreplaceable other. In Resurrection, Tolstoy reconfigures the relation between religion and ethics in ways that anticipate Levinas's late essay "God and Philosophy." We will read this challenging essay, as well as Tolstoy's reflections on religion in A Confession, a work which marks Tolstoy's sharp turn away from the kinds of subjects he depicted in his great earlier novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Thursdays from 6pm-8:30pmApplications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.

UGST 410 / stories from the inside: Prison narratives and social movements / instructor katie dwyer

This course explores social change and conflict resolution through the lens of autobiography by incarcerated individuals whose stories and experiences influenced social movements and conflict situations. We will focus on three case studies: the US Civil Rights era, the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Offering this course through the Inside-Out Program provides a unique lens for dialogue, analysis, and deepened understanding of the topics we will explore. 
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Wednesdays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.

(Past Courses) Winter 2017


Join us for an exploration into the effects of family functioning on human development, using an ecological systems perspective. Families are the primary socializing unit for humans, and yet there is considerable discussion about how familial processes work that affect the lives of their members. We will explore the idea of a "typical" or "normal" family in the context of the Hollywood Myth that depicted an unrealistic caricature of the American family that had a breadwinner father, a stay-at-home mother, two children, a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and a dog named Spot. We will also explore how families socialize children on issues of gender roles, empathy, communication, and healthy relationships, while considering issues of rage, gender, and socio-economic class.

HC 424H/431H / Autobiography as Political Agency / Professor Chari

This class explores the autobiography as a form of both personal and political expression. The class begins by complicating the divide between the personal and political by linking personal stories and histories with narratives of broader social structures, such as capitalism, patriarchy, slavery, and colonialism. We will read autobiographies from diverse sources, including diaries, fiction and poetry. We will engage with theories of social structure and agency to interrogate the interface between personal experience and political agency. Students will produce a significant body of writing to create their own (political) autobiographies. Authors that we may read include: Ralph Ellison, Albee Sachs, Gloria Anzaldúa, Iris Young, Johnny Cash, Sigmund Freud, Aime Cesaire, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Assata Shakur.

GEOG 410 / imagined communities / Professor cohen

Every person is a part of multiple communities, and has a set of labels that they use to identify themselves and make sense of the world. Where do these communities come from, and what do they mean? What do they do for us, to us, and to others? You may be an American (or some other nationality), what does that say about your connection to others who are also Americans? How does it set you apart from others? Through readings, exercises, writing, and dialogue, students will learn about the nature of communities at a range of scales – each of us lives in a country and a state, but also in a city, and a neighborhood. Whether on campus or in a prison, we form communities with those around us, but the groupings that we use, from family on up to the whole human race, have different functions – some of them positive and essential, others harmful and seemingly inevitable. The course is based in the discipline of geography and will draw upon insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other fields as well. Successful completion of the course earns four credits which may be applied to a degree from Chemeketa Community College or the University of Oregon. The class will be held under the auspices of the Inside-Out Program and will meet on Monday evenings, with mandatory attendance required. 

ENG 607 / levinas and shakespeare / PROFESSOR shankman

"It sometimes seems to me," Emmanuel Levinas writes, "that the whole of philosophy is only a meditation on Shakespeare" (Time and the Other 47). We will reflect on 1) how Shakespeare figures in Levinas's philosophical development from the time of the appearance of Existence and Existents and Time and Other, both published just after the Second World War, through Humanism of the Other and Otherwise than Being in the early 1970s; and 2) how Levinas's thought can, in turn, open up the ethical dimension of Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear, three plays that Levinas particularly admired.


Email insideout@uoregon.edu with questions about upcoming courses.