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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 235 / SOC 236 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Race Is Socially Constructed: Now What?

Ruha Benjamin

The truism that "race is socially constructed" hides more than it reveals. Have Irish Americans always been white? Are people of African descent all black? Is calling Asian Americans a "model minority" a compliment? Does race impact who we date or marry? In this course, students develop a sophisticated conceptual toolkit to make sense of such contentious cases of racial vision and division as the uprising in Ferguson. We learn to connect contemporary events to historical processes, and individual experiences to institutional policies, exercising a sociological imagination with the potential to not only analyze, but transform the status quo.

Sample reading list:
Matthew Desmond & Mustafa Emirbayer, Racial Domination, Racial Progress
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Karen Brodkin, How Jews Became White Folks
Margaret Hunter, The Persistent Problem of Colorism
Nancy Krieger, Does Racism Harm Heath
Imani Perry, More Beautiful and More Terrible...
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx 150pgs of reading/week; quizzes, midterm, final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Quizzes - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to First Year Undergraduates and Sophomores Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40231 L01 01:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:117 Limit:105 Closed
40232 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
42791 P01A 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
42792 P01B 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
42793 P01C 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   121   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
42794 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
42795 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
42796 P04 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
42797 P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
42798 P06 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
42957 P07 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am W   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
41956 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled