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    Macalester College
  Feb 23, 2018
College Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 331 - Racial Formation, Culture and US History

Cross-Listed as  AMST 331  and MCST 331 
This interdisciplinary course will employ the methodologies of cultural and media studies within an historical framework to ask: What roles did “race” (the presence of diverse races; the relationships among those groups of people; the construction and representation of racial identities; the linking of material privileges and power to racial locations) play in the development of the United States? How have relationships of class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality been linked to “race”? How has “race” been a site of struggle between groups? How is the present a product of historical experiences? Our coursework will rely on reading historical studies, theory, cultural analysis, and memoirs, and on viewing and analyzing cultural performances and films. This course is designed for students with experience in history, cultural studies, African American or ethnic studies. Alternate years. (4 Credits)