Course Details

050:102:01 - Introduction to Race/Ethnicity

  • Course ID: 050:102:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Auston
  • SAS Core Curriculum Goals: CCD
  • Minor: CCRES Minor

How do we approach issues of race, ethnicity, and skin color in the 21st-century United States? We live in arguably the most diverse and multicultural time in the nation’s history; and yet, these terms remain contentious, and even “fighting words” in public and private arenas, largely because systemic inequality and quotidian forms of discrimination continue to shape lived experience. This course examines social and political forces, both historical and contemporary, that have brought about racial and ethnic “diversity” and “difference” in the U.S. focusing on the mid-20th century through the contemporary era, and we will engage case studies from the Civil Rights era through the age of Obama and the War on Terror.