Sociology Cinema: 12 Years a Slave Screening

Join Professors Kaplan and Sternheimer for a screening and discussion of the Oscar Award winning film for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.

#socinema · RSVP: http://socinema12years.splashthat.com/

Film Synopsis:

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. 

Resume Writing Workshop: Selling your Sociology Skills

Going on the job market soon? Want to know how to sell your sociology degree to employers and land a great job?

Join Professor Karen Sternheimer and learn how to effectively communicate how the tools you have learned in your sociology courses translate to job skills. If you have a resume, bring it and we’ll work on it together!

When: Thursday April 10, 3:30-5:00

Where: HSH 201

RSVP: https://usccollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_24SuunMKnE7kcuN

Refreshments Served!

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GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL: Tips on Finding and Applying to the Right Program For You

Thinking about applying to grad school?

Unsure about how to get started?

Come hear from current Sociology grad students and recent graduates about how to find the right program for you. Find out what graduate school is really like and how to increase your chances of being accepted.

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Research Assistant Position

We are looking for new undergraduate research assistants to aid in research tasks focusing on social and health consequences of drug use.  This is a paid part-time position through the USC School of Social Work and would include assisting with research tasks, such as data entry, literature reviews, and basic data analysis. Those with statistical or qualitative analysis experience are encouraged to apply. Spanish speakers are not required, but preferred.  If interested, please send a completed application and resume to erikague@usc.edu.

SOCI Alumni Speaker Series: “Where are They Now: Careers of Sociology Alumni”

Ever wonder where a degree in sociology can take you? Come learn about the careers of recent sociology grads. Hear about how USC Sociology Alumni develop careers in public relations, as community organizers, and in nonprofits and government agencies. The panel will be available to take your questions about your career plans too.

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New Course Math for 499 (no math prerequisite)

Math 499 The Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge Spring 2014

Why is addition commutative but its ‘inverse’ subtraction is not? Why is a equal to a÷b? b

Whyis a ÷c equalto a ×d? Whyisthisstilltrueevenifa,b,canddaren’tintegers? bd bc

What does e + π mean and how can we evaluate it? What is the difference in the meaning of the equals sign between x2 −1 = 0, x2 −1 = (x−1)(x+1), (x2 −1)/(x−1) = x+1 and √x2 = x? What does it mean for a line to be straight? Are there lines that are not straight? In Math 499 we will be addressing these questions and more!

In this class we will explore the foundations of mathematics and how we acquire and process mathematical knowledge. We will revisit K-12 mathematics from the point of view of a mathematician. We will explore the roles of metaphors, models, and definitions. We will discuss the use of symbols and see that even in mathematics their meanings are often contextual. We will compare and contrast proofs and convincing arguments and think about the roles they play in developing and understanding mathematics. We will discuss the relationship between mathematics and our physical world and how we use mathematics to understand the physical world. We will consider various algorithms common in K- 12 mathematics and discuss why and how they work. We also will read and discuss the literature on how K-12 mathematics is taught and how we learn and process that knowledge. Throughout the semester, you will also the opportunity to observe and participate in classes at AUGUSTUS HAWKINS High School. This is a new school with a modern curriculum implementing an initiative called the Algebra Project.

This class has no prerequisites. In particular, it is not necessary to have taken any college level math classes; you are only expected to know how to count (albeit fairly well!). However, students must be willing to engage with the material at a mathematically sophisticated level. There will be very little lecturing. There will be a lot of discussion, group work, and both oral and written presentations. This class will be valuable for math majors, anyone with an interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

David Crombecque

Lecturer

Mathematics Department

crombecq@usc.edu

Course offering: has a service learning component

relevant majors: mathematics, sciences, psychology, sociology,

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Sociology Movie Screening: A Class Apart, Date: 11/14/2013, 3:30-5:00pm, HSH 201

Watch and join a discussion with Sociology Professors Elaine Bell Kaplan and Karen Sternheimer.

Learn about the history of the Mexican American Experience in the criminal justice system. This 60 minute film details the 1954 US Supreme Court Case Hernandez v. Texas, which challenged exclusionary practices that kept Latinos off of juries. See how discrimination plays a role in the criminal justice system and how this case sought to change it. The film also encourages us to think critically about the ways in which meanings of race are socially constructed.

Date: 11/14/2013

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Where: HSH 201

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Fall 2013 Career Fair

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The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.

careers.usc.edu

Life After Sociology: Using your skills to the fullest extent

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Explore@4

Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information: careers.usc.edu

Intelligent Catholicism: Sexuality, Dating and Chastity September 2nd, 7pm at the USC Caruso Catholic Center

Intelligent Catholicism is a series of discussions at the USC Caruso Catholic Center led by Fr. James Heft, S.M., president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC. We get together and talk about some of the controversial issues facing the Church and the world today that can help us better understand and live out our faith. Catholics and non-Catholics are all welcomed to join us! Light refreshments will be provided.  Event dates: September 2nd, 23rd, October 7th and 28th, November 4th and 18th, and December 2nd.

Our next discussion: September 2nd – Sexuality, Dating and Chastity. What is the wisdom of the Catholic Church on these matters? Is there a better question than “how far can I go?” Does being chaste have to mean being a prude?

Sign up on our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/Ap_kv, visit Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies’s website at www.ifacs.com and USC Caruso Catholic Center’s website at www.catholictrojan.org.

Two New Courses for Fall 2013

The Spatial Sciences Institute is introducing two new courses in the Fall 2013 semester. Here’s a brief description of the courses…

SSCI 101: Workshop in Spatial Analysis (2 UNITS 10 WEEKS)
An introduction to geospatial technologies through
mobile devices to provide creative spatially-informed
tools to supplement traditional forms of academic work
across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

SSCI 101 is open to all undergraduate students from freshman through seniors and it’s only 10 weeks long.

 
SSCI 301: Maps and Spatial Reasoning (4 UNITS)
An exploration of the role of maps and spatial
reasoning in the production and use of geographic
information for representing and analyzing human
and environmental processes and interactions.

Feel free to contact Kate Kelsey with any questions about the courses.

Email: kkelsey@dornsife.usc.edu

Phone: (213) 740-8298