A Semester-Long Study of Carnival

Deinya Phenix


Presented here is a course design, context, and rationale for an upper level undergraduate, honors, or early graduate course investigating the phenomenon of carnival. Taught from a sociological perspective and designed to fulfill a social science requirement in a liberal arts curriculum, this course uses interdisciplinary materials in diverse formats to engage students in the discussion of globalization, economic and social stratification, race and ethnicity, religion, social boundaries, social reproduction, gender, representation, deviance, and public safety. The course guides students through a sequence of essential readings, guest lectures, films and excursions designed to cumulatively build understanding of the general phenomenon of carnival while investigating specific cultural practices and locales.


carnival; american studies; diaspora; speaker series; religion; race and ethnicity

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