Spring 2022  |  AAS 3211W Section 001: Race & Racism in the U.S. (55049)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
SOC 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Closed (18 of 18 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
We live in a society steeped in racial understandings that are often invisible - some that are hard to see, and others that we work hard not to see. This course will focus on race relations in today's society with a historical overview of the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in order to help explain their present-day social status. This course is designed to help students begin to develop their own informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to the ways that sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations and racism. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the experiences of specific groups in the U.S. and how race/ethnicity intersects with sources of stratification such as class, nationality, and gender. The course will conclude by re-considering ideas about assimilation, pluralism, and multiculturalism. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power and inequality affecting everyone in the society albeit in different ways.
Class Description:

mso-fareast-;Times New Roman";>In this class we will explore the dynamics of race and racism in the 21mso-fareast-;Times New Roman";> century U.S.

We inquire into how race works in the U.S. TODAY, as compared to how it seemed to "work" decades ago -- looking at both points of rupture and continuity.

We'll cover issues such as race and policing, racial identity, race and schooling, race and settler colonialism, race and media, and race and electoral politics. We'll look at how race functions to stratify the society as a whole, and also examine issues salient to the lived experiences of specific racialized social groups.

This term we'll talk about all of this using a mixture of academic writing, documentary films, and video clips. We'll incorporate frequent references to current political and social events, popular culture, and the print and online media.

70% Reports/Papers
30% Class Participation
Class Format:
Active participation and discussion are encouraged in this class environment. Students should expect in-class activities.
30-40 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Formal Paper(s), ~ 7-9 pages each, and rewrite/ revision
3 Informal Papers (reading or film reflections) 1-2 pages each
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 September 2021

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2022 Asian American Studies Classes

To link directly to this ClassInfo page from your website or to save it as a bookmark, use:
To see a URL-only list for use in the Faculty Center URL fields, use:
To see this page output as XML, use:
To see this page output as JSON, use:
To see this page output as CSV, use:
Schedule Viewer
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
8 pm
9 pm
10 pm
Class Title