381-202-VA, Race and Racism
This course will focus on how the concept of race is a product of recent historical events and has served to justify and maintain inequalities among various groups. We will strive to identify the biological unity of humankind while developing respect for cultural diversity. We will study how racial classification emerged as a pseudo-scientific discipline with consequences and effects in all realms of daily life. Issues and topics that will be discussed include ethnic identity, nationalism, discrimination, racism, prejudice, ethnocentrism and genocide. Throughout the course case studies dealing with race issues in Canada as well as other countries will be used to illustrate these concepts.