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Shirley J. Yee
WOMEN 323
Seattle Campus

History of Racial Formation in the United States: 1800-1990

Traces the development of the concept of race in the United States from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Specific topics include paid and unpaid labor, media, reproduction, migration, social activism, and the processes of identity and community formation.

Class description

The central goal of the course is to examine why and how "race" transformed from a primarily scientific concept to a social and political concept between the 19th and the 20th centuries. In the process, we will examine the ways in which gender, ethnicity, class, and nation have intersected with race at specific historial moments and under particular social, political, and economic conditions

Student learning goals

Students will learn how to historicize contemporary concepts and issues by analyzing the economic, social, and political conditions that produce ideas about race over time.

Critical Thinking through close analysis of the assigned readings, films, and internet sources

Research - students will conduct "hands-on" historical research, using a variety of printed and electronic documents

Speaking - students will sharpen their public speaking skills through regular verbal participation in class discussions

Writing - students will sharpen their writing skills through the production of a 12-15 page research project.

General method of instruction

Lecture & discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Midterm and final essay examinations to be taken in class class participation web analysis assignment research project

Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the major themes presented in lecture, readings, films, and class discussion.


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 Shirley J. Yee
Date: 02/26/2009