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UGRD > PHIL > 318

Race and Racism

This course examines the genesis of the idea of "race" as a way of viewing human differences from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It also explores conceptions of "racism" in relation to such contemporary phenomena as white privilege, "institutional racism," race and crime, race and intelligence, affirmative action, racial hostility among non-"white" groups, "internalized racism," race and class, and anti-immigrant hostility. Finally, the course looks at the notion of "mixed race" persons, their place in the hierarchy of racism and their role in challenging the concept of "race" itself. Though the course focuses primarily on whites and African Americans, racism as it bears on Native Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos is also considered.

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