, University of Texas at Austin
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Ori Swed is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His main research area is the interception between culture and conflict in global and historical perspectives. He is interested in the evolution of the reciprocal relations between society and conflict such as military technology, economy and conflict, terror and anti-terror relations and their effects on society.
Ori's research on miltiary capital in the hi-tech context is forthcoming in Armed Forces & Society. Ori’s current work with Professor Alex Weinreb is an historical comparative research that studies the relations between the acquisition of complex military hardware and the Arab Spring’s turn of events. Also, Ori’s work at the IC2 Institute in cooperation with Professor John Butler follows the connections between veteran’s benefit and income to veteran’s integration. His dissertation examines the influence of NGO’s and aid organizations on the conflict’s dynamic in warzones.
Prior to coming to UT, Ori received his M.A. in History and a dual B.A in History and Sociology from the Hebrew University at Jerusalem. In addition, he is a Captain (Reserves) in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and a used to work as a private consultant in the private sector.
SOC 308 • Compar Religion/Culture/Polits
MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 1.104
The course Comparative Religion, Politics and Culture compares and contrasts three different countries’ political systems; each represents a different culture and religion using the historical comparative method of analysis. In this course we will examine the complex interplay between politics, local religion, and culture following the similarities and dissimilarities among the three case studies, U.S., Iran and Israel. The course addresses fundamental political and societal issues on the role of the state, religion, culture, and the distribution of power. The three case studies illustrate different approaches and solutions for political questions and the dispersal of power between the secular state and religious institutions. Each political system serves as a window to the local culture, ethos, history, and identity, and presenting idiosyncratic political, religious, and cultural model.
The course organized in five sections: Theory, US, Iran, Israel, and Integration. We will open with the theoretical framework that will guide us throughout the course and provide us with the conceptual toolkit for comparison and analyzing. The next three sections will focus on each case study and portray their history, political system, religious structure, and culture. The last section, the integration, will juxtapose the three case studies and examine them with the theoretical toolkit we acquired.
The course has two main goals. The first is to clarify the dynamics and relations between politics, religion, and culture and how this triangle influences day to day life in a given society. The second goal is to familiarize the students with the Israel and Iranian culture from a different perspective than the one often presented it media.
Participation – 10%
Blog Assignments (Weekly) – 10%
Mid-Term Exam – 40%
Final Exam – 40%
SOC 308 • Social Change And The Future
MWF 100pm-200pm WEL 2.256
The course Social Change and the Future: Conflict as an Engine of Change provides a comparative historical outlook over social change via conflict. It examines the role of conflict in relations to social dynamics in the past, present, and near future trajectories. By applying historical comparative analysis we will follow the relations and influence of conflict over society, culture, technology, and economy. The course will focus mainly on the practices and institutions responsible for managing and handling conflict- warfare and the military (or parallel institutions). The theme of conflict will serve us as the entry point for other social issues. We will study how conflict constructs social institutions, gender identities and roles, economy, health issues, technological changes, collective memory, and culture.
The course is organized in chronological order; nevertheless there will be few topics that overreach periods. We will open with the military revolution for context proposes and conclude with near future possible trends in warfare. The perspective of this course is global and treats diverse locales and time periods. Conflict is a global phenomenon and in contemporary global setting is also globally intertwined among nations, policies, and economies. Though the course fosters advance knowledge about numerous locations and periods the students are not expected to possess prior knowledge of those. The students are expected to read the reading material and to be familiar with the events that will be discussed in class through external reading, e.g. Internet sources or academic reading material outside the syllabus.
The course has two main goals. The first is to shed light over the relations and effects of conflict over society. As an act that destabilizes existing social structures, conflict is an interesting force that can open the path for new actors and elements to enter into present structure, or in several cases to utterly reshape it. The second goal is to familiarize the students with historical comparative study and method. The ability to put things in historical perspective and context allows better understanding of the world around us and contemporary events.