It’s hard to believe that I first taught my “Sociology of Guns” seminar at Wake Forest six years ago, in the fall of 2015. This fall I will teach the course for the seventh time in seven academic years.
Although some aspects of the course do not change — the class field trip to the gun range, most importantly — I do try to tweak the courses materials from year to year to reflect my own interests and developments in the field of gun studies.
Following are the broad outlines of where I am going with the Sociology of Guns Ver 7.0 this fall, including some guest lecturers who will be reprising their previous visits.
MODULE 2: Introductions, debrief range visit (students submit papers reflecting on the experience), overview of guns in history and the shift in the US from Gun Culture 1.0 to Gun Culture 2.0
MODULE 3: Who owns how many guns, Great Gun Buying Spree of 2020-21, new gun owners
MODULE 4: The Concealed Carry Revolution and self-defense gun training. –>Guest lecturers: John Johnston and Melody Lauer of Citizens Defense Research
MODULE 5: Race and guns
MODULE 6: Gender, sexuality, and guns
MODULE 7: Gun rights and responsibilities, suicide and unintentional injury. –> Guest lecturer: Rob Pincus of the Center for Gun Rights & Responsibilities
MODULE 8: Homicide
MODULE 9: Police use of force. –> Guest lecturer: Craig Douglas of Shivworks
MODULE 10: Cultural cognition and the human-weapon relationship. –> Guest lecturer: Randy Miyan of the Liberal Gun Owners
More details on the particular readings I am assigning for each module as I determine them.