Graduate Seminar on Race and Ethnicity Fall 2013
SyllabusCourse Information Professor Information
Number: SCS-298-02 Tanya Golash-Boza, Ph.D. Term: Fall 2013 Office: COB 333Location: SSM 150 Email: email@example.com Time: Wednesdays: 3-5:45pm Office Hours: Thursdays: 3pm to 5pm
In this course, we will read works from history, legal studies, sociology, anthropology,political science, women’s studies, and ethnic studies about the formation of the idea of raceand the reproduction of racial hierarchies at the individual and institutional levels. By beginning with the creation of the idea of race in the seventeenth century by Enlightenmentscholars, we will learn how the idea of race was created by Europeans, and, consequently, was created to benefit Europeans. Students also will perceive that the benefits accrued toEuropeans and their descendants are constant – even as the idea of race changes over thecenturies. The theme for this year’s class will be
race in transnational perspective
. We will begin the class with a discussion of racial formations and institutions in the United States. We will then turnto an examination of racial formations in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. This class will involve intensive reading, active student participation, and a substantial research paper,as is characteristic of most seminars. Attendance is required.
Weekly Reflection Essays: 35% of grade – due at beginning of each class.Class Discussion Leader: 20% of grade – students will sign up for dates.Public Lecture Participation: 10% of grade.Research Paper: 35% of grade – due Thursday, May 12.
Weekly Reflection Essays
At the beginning of each class, you will hand in a 500 word typed reflection essay on theassigned readings. These may only be turned in at the beginning of class. If you are late orabsent, you will not receive credit for that day. I will not accept any excuses. Instead, you areallowed to miss one of these with no penalty. Your essay should tell me what the readingsare about, and give your reaction to the readings. You should end your essay with fourquestions that you have about the readings. We will use these questions in class discussion.
Grading Rubric for Reflection Essays
10 points: You present a clear summary of important points with regard to the readings. Youtake a critical lens and ask poignant questions.9 points: You present a clear summary of important points and ask good questions.8 points: You present a good summary of the readings and pose questions.7 points: You present an acceptable summary of the readings and ask questions.6 points: You present a mediocre summary of the readings.5 points: Your present a poor summary of the readings.0 points: You do not turn in a reflection essay at the beginning of class.