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    Jun 19, 2016
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    Course Overview:

    You learn about poverty, sexism, racism, prejudice, religious intolerance, and stereotypes. Aside from the midterm and final, you write up to nine or ten journals on a certain topic where you investigate inequality in race, gender, and social class in your everyday settings; a paper in which you go to an unfamiliar environment (e.g. place of worship for a religion unlike your own) and write about your experiences and what you've learned; and an essay on six material items that you value, why you value them, and what they say about your culture, beliefs, religion, etc.

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    I learned more about racism, class diversity, sexism, religion, power over other people, and inequality in America in four months than I did in my life beforehand. All students had to think hard. I am more aware of racism than I ever was, what socioeconomic class I am over several of my classmates, and I learned to shed a stereotype I've had since childhood of people with tattoos.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    be prepared to write several papers and study for hours into the week, but doing so helps you learn more and faster than just via the textbook. Tests consist of multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, and an essay. Dr. Marks has many years of teaching experience, so she comes to class prepared and with personal stories of her own life, family, former students, and teaching experience. She does not tolerate late work, but she encourages you to do better and trust yourself; I've lost track of how many times she's told me, "You're smarter than you give yourself credit for."

    • Spring 2015
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