Humanities 135_Park Kyeyoung_Race and Racism_Spring 2011

Humanities 135_Park - ANTHROPOLOGY M 159P(Same as Afro-American Studies M159P and Asian American Studies M169 RACE AND RACISM(subject to change

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ANTHROPOLOGY M 159P (Same as Afro-American Studies M159P and Asian American Studies M169) RACE AND RACISM ( subject to change ) Spring 2011 TR 2:00-3:15 # 111-691-200 Humanities 135 Instructor: Kyeyoung Park Office Hrs: W 1:00-2:00 383 Haines Hall x63363 <[email protected]> Objectives: This course explores contemporary approaches to the study of race and racism. It is designed to offer a broad analytic understanding of the historical and comparative study of race and racism. While focusing on the writings about the U.S., different racial situations such as Brazil, South Africa, and other settings will be also examined. As recent scholarship on race has made clear, race is a historically constituted, socially constructed, and politically contested process. Scholars have revealed the complex intersection of race, ethnicity, and nation with class, gender, and sexuality in the construction of social identities and hierarchies. In the meantime, biological validity of the race construct has been dismantled from the contemporary public discourses. Unfortunately, in the context of post-civil rights era, the consequent denial of the existence of race has been used to justify cutting various social programs. In this class, we attempt to answer the following questions: 1. What is the history of the idea of “race”? 2. What are the rise and development of racism (& antiracism)? 3. Why did separatist policies develop in the U.S. as Jim Crow and in South Africa as Apartheid, but in contrast to “racial democracy” in Brazil? 4. What is the relation of “race” to other axes of social differentiation, such as class, gender/sexuality, citizenship, and ethnicity? 5. What are the racial and racialized implications of neo-conservative public policies as well as structural processes within labor market dynamics, the criminal justice system, the media and other spheres in which “race” is continuously made and remade? 6. What is to be done in envisioning a post-racist world?
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2 Requirements: 1. Class attendance and participation: If you consistently come prepared and participate in class, you will get a bonus point (i.e., B+ to A-). I may take attendance on those days when not many people show up for class. Lecture materials are also covered in the exams. 2. Midterm exam: 30 points; May 3 (Tuesday) Final (take-home) exam: 40 points; June 7 (Tuesday) 3. Short paper on Assigned Project (30 points; 1250 words per group of 2 ); May 17 (Tuesday Class) -Participation involves speaking and active listening in class. -Exams: There will be two course examinations, i.e., a midterm and a final, both of which will consist only of essay questions. You will be provided a study guide consisting of sample questions to focus your review for the exams. -Short Essay (1250 words): You are expected to conduct ethnographic interviews
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Humanities 135_Park - ANTHROPOLOGY M 159P(Same as Afro-American Studies M159P and Asian American Studies M169 RACE AND RACISM(subject to change

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