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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2010

SOC 394K • Critical Theories on Race and Racism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46590 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BUR 214
Carrington

Course Description

This course introduces students to critical, global perspectives on race, ethnicity and racism. Through a series of close readings of key texts Critical Theories on Race and Racism examines the historical relationship between the emergence of ideas about race and Western modernity. The course is divided into two parts. Part I examines the importance of slavery and European colonialism in producing modern understandings of race and racial difference. Part II examines contemporary racial formation in the period after the anti-colonial struggles of the mid-20th century. Key here are the ways in which social theorists have sought to understand both the continuities and discontinuities of colonial regimes in structuring societies in the West, and elsewhere. Part II focuses on questions of State formation, anti-racist political struggle, and the politics of identity in relation to questions of ethnicity. The course is theory-intensive and based upon student-led seminars and weekly readings.

Grading Policy

Policy The assessment for this course will be two written papers: a 10 page essay handed in during the middle of the semester and a 15 page essay submitted at the end.

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