Georgia M. Roberts
Introduces the concept and practice of multiculturalism in the United States and beyond it borders. Focuses on differences of power, perspective, and privilege. Explores opportunities and strategies for alliance and coalition. Stresses diverse interpretive and methodological approaches in American Studies.
This course historically contextualizes and critically examines how racial categories and ideologies have been formed and contested within the U.S. social and political context. This class will introduce students to discourses on multiculturalism, ethnicity, colorblindness, diversity, race and culture. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which these keywords continue to shape discourses on current events affecting both the U.S. and the rest of the world. The course concludes with an examination of how the Civil Rights and Black Power movements are represented in popular culture, including politics, film and music.
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