Humanities Building, Room 114
The Problem of Race in U. S. Social Thought and Policy
Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies
In this discussion-based and residential course, we will explore the hypothesis that 21st century racism has morphed from simple and evil formulations of bigotry and exploitation into more nefarious and decentralized systems of cultural camouflage, spatial demarcation, physical surveillance, and ideological control.
Our interdisciplinary and integrative approach will employ multiple methods of inquiry and expression, including: self-reflective essays and maps; a scavenger hunt in the Twin Cities; library research; and deep, critical analysis of arguments about race/ethnicity/assimilation/multiculturalism.
We will hone writing and speaking skills through highly structured assignments paired with open-ended conversations in order to discover the questions that truly matter to us. The semester will culminate with a short (8-10 pages) college-level paper directed toward themes in the 2009 Oscar-award winning film "Precious."
Class meets MWF, 9:40-10:40 am in Humanities 213.
Living arrangements: Co-ed floor.