The purpose of this course is to examine the development of race in the modern world. Over the last couple of decades, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become an important element of collegiate education. However, with the rise of white supremacy and global conservatism that has been immense pushback against the study and teaching of CRT. This course will examine the phenomenon of race as well as its manifestations in the modern world. We will also examine how this theory has been used to become a catchphrase or dog-whistle for those who are conservative leaning. For many to not teach the dynamics of race will leave a vacuum in the telling of world history and the pontificating of human philosophy. This course will push against that effort and provide a clear understanding of the history of the development of race.
By the end of this course students will:
Demonstrate knowledge of CRT.
Gain insight into the development of race as a social construct, not as a biological imperative
Become familiar with early thinkers on race.
Examine how the idea of race has grown and transformed over the decades.