This course will explore the seemingly paradoxical relationship between democratic ideals and racial inequalities over the course of United States history. Central questions of the course include: What is race, and how has it been invested with different meanings as knowledge itself changes? How has race been the basis for inclusion in and exclusion from rights and privileges? How effectively have constitutional law and judicial structures intervened in patterns of discrimination? We will compare the state's treatment of blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans. When have they supported discrimination? Students will meet once a week for a lecture and once in a seminar discussion section. Wednesday evenings have been reserved for films and visiting speakers.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
Copyright Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459