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    Macalester College
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AMST 101 - Explorations of Race and Racism


The main objectives of this introductory course are: to explore the historical construction of racial categories in the United States; to understand the systemic impact of racism on contemporary social processes; to consider popular views about race in the light of emerging scholarship in the field; and to develop an ability to connect personal experiences to larger, collective realities. We will engage several questions as a group: What are the historical and sociological foundations of racial categories? When does focusing on race make someone racist? What is white privilege, and why does it matter? All students will be asked to think and write about their own racial identity. This course, or its equivalent, is required for majors and minors. Every year. (4 Credits)