Introduction to advanced work in interdisciplinary studies centered on broadly based questions and problems. Stresses the skills necessary to engage in upper-division research and learning in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.
When George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, national and international debates about race and racism took center stage. Predictably those debates and general conversations about race, racism and meaningful challenges to racism have largely subsided. Yet, our lives remain profoundly shaped and informed by race and racism. Many people continue to strive to figure out a way, in the words of Bishop Greg Brewer, to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home. In this class we will examine race as an idea, looking at its history as a concept and an organizing global principle. We will examine various theories and philosophies of race and racism and explore approaches and opportunities for antiracist thought and action.
Student learning goals
Students will leave the class with a solid foundation on the concept of race as a concept.
Students will understand various theories and philosophies of race and racism.
Students will be able to use census data to understand the history of race in their home towns.
Students will be introduced to a range of strategies for challenging racism.
Students will further their understanding of the interlocking systems of race, gender, class, and national identity
Students will be challenged to consider how forms certain progressive social movements can simultaneous invoke race-based imagery and racist agendas.
General method of instruction
A combination of some lecturing with lots of discussion and in-class activities that draw on key concepts of assigned readings and film.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a library-based writing/research assignment on students' social geography of race. There will be group work and presentations on activists or organizations that confront and challenge racism. In addition there will be 2-3 short paper assignments any reading of students' choice
Grades are assigned on the basis of participation in class, written work, and group presentation.