Inter-disciplinary study to race, and ethnicity, in the United States. Examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political conditions among key social groups.
Course will include:
- History of modern history of different ethnic and racial groups in the United States and “Homelands”
- Histories of colonization, segregation, slavery, genocide, persecution, internment, and other forms of systematic dehumanization experienced by different ethnic and racial groups
- Theories of racism and racialization as they are linked to social structures and institutional processes
- Art, film, literature, or music reflecting different ethnic and racial groups
- Major theories of race and ethnicity, and their intersections and constitutive relations with class, political economy, gender, and sexuality affecting different ethnic and racial groups
- Theories of space and place, including indigeneity, diaspora, migration, and nation endured by of different ethnic and racial groups
- Theoretical Perspective on Minority-majority Relations or asymmetrical power relations
- Struggles for social justice, liberation, and decolonization.
Other topics may include:
- Colonialism and global racism
- Comparative inter- and intra-group dynamics
- Labor and social movements
- Critiques of capitalism and free market ideology
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- assess the growth and diversity of ethnic and racial groups in the United States;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the histories and experiences of selected U.S. racial/ethnic groups and their contributions to the development of U.S. society;
- explain how concepts of race and ethnicity are socially and politically constituted and institutionalized;
- compare and contrast the important minority groups in the United States;
- assess the status of important minority groups in the United States;
- demonstrate an understanding of minority-majority group relations;
- evaluate the problems facing important minority groups in the United States;
- explain the importance of race and ethnicity in the creation of cultural/artistic expressions and movements.
Reflection and discussion
Small group activities
- Collins, Patricia Hill. Race Class and Gender.
- Farley, John E. Majority-Minority Relations.
- Feagin and Feagin. Racial and Ethnic Relations.
- Gallagher, Charles (ed). Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity.
- Healey, Joseph. Diversity and Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.
- Kitano, Harry H. Racial Relations.
- Parrillo, Vincent N. Understanding Race & Ethnic Relations.
- McLemore, S.Dale and Romo, Harriett D. Racial and Ethnic Relations in America.
- Takaki, Ronald. A DIfferent Mirror.
- Omi, Michael and Winant, Howard. Racial Formation in the United States.
- Moraga, Cherrie and Anzaldua, Gloria. This Bridge Called My Back.
- Delagado, Richard and Stefancic, Jean. Critical Race Theory.
- Wing, Adrien Katherine. Critical Race Feminism.
- Heldke, Lisa and O'Connor, Peg. Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Perspectives on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism.
May be titled “Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies” or “Introduction to Diversity Studies” or “Introduction to Ethnic Studies” “Introduction to …”