AFR 267 Fall 2012 Race in the Americas (D)

Cross Listed as AMST267, SOC267
This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the historical development and changing dynamics of race in North America, the Caribbean, and South America. In doing so, we will take on the fundamental position that race is a meaningful classification of human bodies. The question we will keep in front of us at all times is this: How does social milieu determine the meaningfulness of race? Racial classifications, like all classifications, are collectively imagined, and appear mired in various spheres of social life. We will devote a fair amount of attention to the meaning of race in personal experience, economic production and distribution, political organization, and popular culture. The complexity of race will be explored within a number of writings by authors such as Michael Hanchard, Edwidge Dandicat, and Patricia Hill Collins. This EDI course explores the experiences and expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World, as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. and/or European social hierarchies.
Class Format: discussion/lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, 2-3 short papers (5-7 pages), and a self-scheduled final examination
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
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Class Number: 1285
AFR267-01(F) LEC Race in the Americas (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative James A. Manigault-Bryant
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 1285
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