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       1.0 course credits is equal to 4 semester hours at other institutions
       0.5 course credits is equal to 2 semester hours at other institutions
Course Numbers:
        0001 - 0099: strictly undergraduate
        0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
        0200 & Up: strictly graduate

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Title:   Modern Race & Racial Politics (Online)      

Course Number:      AMER 0180A   
Room: Online

Course Description:

An interdisciplinary exploration into the complexities of race, racial formation, & racial politics in the US. We will not simply examine how race is socially constructed, but just as importantly how it is politically contested & shaped by social actors & social movements. We will begin by examining the historical development of the modern concept of race & the experiences of different ethnic and racial communities in the United States. We will look at a range of racial histories in the US & a host of theories & debates surrounding such concerns. Pursuing an "intersectional" approach, we will examine racial identity as it is influenced and molded by gender, religion, class, sexuality, and nationalism. This course will challenge us to explore how different communities of color live in relation to one another & in relation to "Whiteness." Central themes include the portrayals of Arabs & Muslims by Hollywood, the impact of social movements & anti-racist activist struggles in the US, and questions of the border & the politics and immigration. Visual culture, films, & documentaries will be integral to the course.
This is an online course.
Designed primarily for majors (but open to adequately prepared non-majors), Integrative Seminars have a defined thematic focus and limited enrollment to allow for intensive discussions and collaborative learning.   Students may take more than one Integrative Seminar, but a course counted towards the Integrative Seminar requirement for the American Studies major may not also count towards the major's cluster.


Instructor: Thomas Abowd           Instructor Website

Offered in: First session
Class Dates: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to Friday, Jun 30, 2017
Day(s): Online           Online Session Times: Anytime
Credit Value: 1          Call Number:      50002

Audit Enroll Option: No                     
Status: Open


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