Undergraduate Catalog 2012–2013

POLT 14500 Politics of Identity: Race, Ethnicity, Culture

This course explores the impact of race on both individual identities and on the life opportunities afforded to different racial groups in the United States. It engages a wide range of topics, including the relationship between race and resources, the implications of racial diversity for national unity, the political and social effects of thinking in terms of white/black, self/other, similarity/difference, and the relationship between gender and attitudes toward race/racism. The primary aim of exploring these issues is to allow students to understand how identity and race are socially and politically constructed and to devise an anti-racist politics that cuts across racial and cultural differences. 3 credits. (F, Y)



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