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Ethnic Studies 126
Theories of Race and Ethnicity

Description
How has "race" been explained and explored by a range of thinkers? What new knowledge about the interactions between ‘race', ethnicity, immigration, gender, class and sexuality has been developed within the social sciences, cultural studies, and the discipline of Ethnic Studies? This course will expose students to the cutting edge of critical thinking around issues of race and ethnicity. It will provide students with the analysis they need to unpack "common sense" ideas about race and inequality. By using theory as a tool and an opportunity for critical thinking, we will develop a new vocabulary and framework for understanding the history and contemporary impact of race within the U.S. and in a global context. We will look at a range of exciting approaches including the social construction of "race"; marginality and the borderlands; the intersection of race, gender and sexuality; critical white studies; diaspora studies and multiracial studies.

This is an upper division course that is a requirement for Ethnic Studies majors. The course will be interactive in its focus including small group discussions, analysis of assigned readings, and discussion of videos.

Prerequisites: ETHS 051 or 052
Meets the following General Education requirements: Human Institutions and Behaviour, Multicultural Perspectives. 

Readings
Michael Omi and Howard Winant (1994) Racial Formation in the US, New York: Routledge.
In addition to the set text, we will use a wide range of articles available on intranet.

Assignments
Class attendance and participation: 10%
Response paper: 25%
Paper Proposal: 5%
Debate: 10%
Midterm examination: 25%
10-12 Page paper: 25%

 


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Last Updated: 6/22/17