Spring 2011 Syllabus


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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE IN AMERICA SRING 2011 COURSE NUMBER: 0829 SECTION: 002 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30—1:50 PM Gladfelter Hall, Room OLO21 OFFICE HOURS: T, TH 8:30—9:20AM, 2:00PM –5P, BY APPOINTMENT OFFICE: GH 818 Why were relations between Native Americans and whites violent almost from the beginning of European settlement? How could slavery thrive in a society founded on the principle that "all men are created equal"? How comparable were the experiences of Irish, Jewish, and Italian immigrants, and why did people in the early 20th century think of them as separate "races"? Using a variety of written sources and outstanding documentaries, this course examines the racial diversity of America and its enduring consequences. Furthermore,, the course will explore how race and ethnicity interact, how a common whiteness emerges in US history and how various ethnic groups became white. We will define central ideas such as whiteness, race, ethnicity, class and so on. In this course we will examine the relationship between racialization, race and racism in the United States. We will review various theoretical approaches to racism and/or prejudice primarily. Additionally, we will examine the historical growth of white supremacy and privilege in sustaining systems of racial and economic inequality. In the foreground of our discussions will be contemporary issues such as the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Hurricane Katrina, and its aftermath, immigration and the impact of the current economic recession upon race and class relationships in the US. Also, we will engage problems of sexuality, sexual identity and homophobia as they are impacted and contextualized by race. Course Goals Students will be able to effectively analyze the experience of race in the US (that is the lived experience of race) in relationship to its historical, cultural, social, economic, and political dynamics. As well as, identify, analyze, discuss and critique theories regarding
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course AFR-AME 0829 taught by Professor Monteiro during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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