Overview

In this two week class, we’ll put contemporary issues regarding race and policing into context using a sociological perspective.

Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

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Are you interested in Black Lives Matter as a social movement? Are you interested in learning more about the current relationship between policing and communities of color? Or maybe you’re wondering about racial disparities within the prison population? In this class, we’ll put these contemporary issues into context using a sociological perspective. We’ll focus on recent news, as well as how larger structural (e.g., housing and income inequalities) and policy decisions (e.g., War on Drugs) have shaped these serious social problems.

Department of Sociology - UMass Amherst

Cost and Session Information

Dates: July 8-21, 2018 

Fees for Two-Week Intensives

  • Program fee (with two academic credits): $1,560
  • One time Registration fee: $47
  • Housing and full meal plan: $1,168
  • Activity fee: $125
  • Total for two weeks: $2,900

Please contact summerprograms@umass.edufor any additional questions.

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