Spring 2023  |  AFRO 8202 Section 001: Seminar: Intellectual History of Race (65700)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 01:00PM - 03:15PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
At its heart, the 8202 seminar is about dialogue, interrogating scholarship on race, intellectual history, and knowledge production. We will be in deep conversation with one another as we negotiate meaning around the intellectual history of race. Dialogue, indeed, is at the heart of this graduate seminar experience. Given the multidisciplinary composition of the students and content in 8202, we build together to form a learning whole in a remote format. Central to our work is excavating the 500 year legacy of race thought and making into the contemporary period.
Class Description:
Race - has little reality in the biological sense, yet its power to influence our lives and our self-understanding is enormous. This course explores the shifting and contested meanings of race, from the European 'Age of Conquest' onward. The course also contains a significant sociological analysis of the 'racial' notion. Starting from the proposition that race is not a stable or fixed category of social thought and being, our primary task will be to ascertain how Western ideas and sociological practice about race have changed, and why these changes have occurred. We will explore the large social processes and discourses developing and shaping the concept of race, particularly how various groups, e.g., native peoples of the Americas, Africans, and Europeans became racialized via enslavement, trade, colonialism and capitalism. We will explore, as well, the various justifications (religious, legal, philosophical, 'scientific') for notions of racial inferiority and racial superiority. While we will spend some time analyzing how what it means to be 'white' has been historically contingent on being non-Black or Indian, we will also explore the subjectivities of racialized and oppressed peoples, especially their critiques of racism and domination. Some time will be spent on discussing the structural transformation of racism.
30% Reports/Papers
10% Attendance
30% Reflection Papers
20% In-class Presentations
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: final research paper
Class Format:
20% Lecture
10% Film/Video
40% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
20% Student Presentations
200 Pages Reading Per Week
4 Paper(s)
2 Presentation(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 March 2012

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