24.236 | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate, Graduate

Topics in Social Theory and Practice: Race and Racism


1 Introduction  
I. What, if anything, is race?
2 A Tiny Slice of the History of the Concept of Race  
3 “Our” Concept of Race Response paper due

Race Eliminativism

Screening: RACE - The Power of an Illusion, Ep. 1: The Difference Between Us. Directed by Christine Herbes-Sommers. Color, 57 min. 2003.

5 Appiah and the Meaning of ‘Race’ Response paper due
6 Race and Medicine  
7 Race and Ethnicity Response paper due
8 Kinds of Social Construction Response paper due
9 Intersectionality  
10 Race and the Construction of Social Identity Response paper due
11 Gender and Race Constructions Response paper due
12 Racial Identities  
13 Latina/o Identity and Race  
14 Midterm Reflection Project proposal due
15 Panethnicity  
16 Are Arabs a Race? Response paper due
II. Racism
17 Extrinsic, Intrinsic & Cultural Racisms  
18 Racism in the Heart Response paper due
19 Oppression and Institutional Racism Response paper due
20 Equality and Social Justice  
21 Equality and Respect Response paper due
22 Inter-culturation, Cultural Appropriation, and Commodity Fetishism Draft of final paper due
23 Screening: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Directed by Shola Lynch. Color, 102 min. 2012.  
24 Racial Profiling  


Note: This session was taught by guest lecturer Jerome Hodges

26 The Case for Reparations  
27 Short Student Presentations Final paper due

Course Info

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Fall 2014
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