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Race and Culture: A Global Perspective (GLOS 1300)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course explores the range of meanings associated with race and culture and identifies their conceptual and practical uses and abuses. You will use historical resources and contemporary realities to gain an enhanced understanding of how various constructions of race and culture shape global practices, policies, and expressions. You will focus on the dynamics between majority and minority populations, in particular, racial oppression, cultural identification, and social affirmation.

Topical Outline:
1. Definitions of terms, historical constructs, and reasons for early constructions of race
2. Early constructions of race, the "savage," and cultural influences
3. Pre-20th century cultural constructions, stereotypes, and images of "whiteness" in various media
4. 19th - 21st century domestic and foreign policies and practices linked to the progression of global racism (i.e. European anti-semitism, American racism; South African apartheid; Chinese-Japanese racism; Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; Rwanda)
5. The rise of global "political correctness," anti-racist and multiculturalist movements
6. An analysis of multiracial and multicultural environments in systems and institutions

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identity and explain the origins, processes, and characteristics of the construction of race within various global cultures
2. Examine and evaluate race and culture in various global case studies
3. Examine alternative approaches and methods that promote multiracial and multicultural inclusivity
4. Analyze ways in students' own cultures and life practices are impacted by race and globalization, particularly related to social responsibility
5. Formulate strategies that develop multicultural and global practices at an institutional level

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives