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Loren K. Redwood
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Title: "The Ideology of White Supremacy and the Construction of Race" In this course, students examine how contested discourses of racial, ethnicity, and national difference have shaped ideas about racial identities and “whiteness” in the U.S. The course will focus on the relationship between the discourses of the social, economic, and political practices/policies which have had a role in how race is imagined and constructed in the U.S. How do race and ethnicity come into play in discourses of “whiteness” over time? This course will examine how concepts of race, ethnicity, and “whiteness” have been socially constructed, scientifically studied, and institutionally created in the United States from European colonization to the present, in the context of contemporary discourses

Student learning goals

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical contexts and constructions of race and "whiteness" in the United States.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interplay between ideas about "whiteness" and the process of racialization in the United States.

Students will demonstrate the ability to practice textual analysis as a method of research into the expression of ideas about race and ethnicity in American culture

Students in this course will acquire and demonstrate the ability to conduct research in order to successfully undertake a research project.

General method of instruction

Instruction will include lecture, large and small group work, and multiple activites that will allow for application of course concepts.

Recommended preparation

The course has no prerequisites. Students are expected to prepare by obtaining course materials in advance of the start of the course.

Class assignments and grading

Critical readings of multiple texts, engagement in research activities, and participation in a social justice activity will comprise the methods by which we will study this topic.

All assigned work must be turned in on time in order to be accepted. Grades will be assigned based on rubics which will be provided for each assignment.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loren K. Redwood
Date: 01/25/2014