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SOCY 3303 Social Construction of Whiteness (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the social construction of race through the lens of whiteness. By examining whiteness as both a race and historical system of privilege, students will gain a deeper understanding of the persistence of racism. We will examine the distribution of privilege within American society at both the interpersonal and institutional levels; as well as consider how whiteness operates within the social constructs of class and gender. Through writing and in-class group discussion, students will examine their own identities and consider how consciously or unconsciously they are affected by these processes, as well as consider strategies for challenging racism.


Instructor(s): Deborah Piatelli

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13