HIST 469
Notions of Race and Ethnicity in American Culture Fall 2012
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 469 / HIST 469
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While “race” and “ethnicity” have always played fundamental roles in shaping the course of American culture and the definition of who is or who can be an “American,” our understanding of these concepts of race and ethnicity has often been less than clear. The purpose of this seminar is to examine how Americans have defined and articulated the concepts of race and ethnicity at various points in our history and how these ideas have been expressed in art, policy, practice, and theory. This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative because it examines various dynamics of power structures based on race and ethnic politics, as well as class and gender relations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 1464
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly response papers, an exercise with the Williams College Museum of Art, an annotated bibliography, and a final research paper of 20-25 pages; students will also be required to lead a class discussion
Extra Info: not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: previous upper division courses in History
Enrollment Preferences: senior History majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 469 Division II HIST 469 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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