RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Unteaching Racism
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How do children learn to accept a certain level of racism as “normal,” even in the most progressive communities? How can we convince skeptics that racism continues to flourish on campus, in schools, and in the media? How can we develop new materials, methods, and forms of education that include more perspectives than the dominant Eurocentric model? How can white students and students of color become allies when their life experiences are often so different? Through readings, videos, experiential activities, and discussion, students will inquire into how race consciousness and its associated taboos are taught, sometimes unwittingly, in U.S. society. We will explore definitions of race, racism, and 'reverse racism," look at the histories of various ethnic groups in America including ways some groups have managed to "become white," learn how white privilege and institutional racism work, examine racial identity development theory, and look deeply at the messages we ourselves received as children about America's most sensitive, volatile, and hushed-up topic. Frequent reading, journal assignments and several 5-7 page papers. Activities may include in-class presentations on topics chosen and researched by student groups, and the opportunity to "un-teach" racism in area schools or on campus through discussions, art projects, theater games, or other innovative projects of students' own design. Expect lively discussion, disagreement and frustration, hard thinking, and lasting friendships.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
7RC Ugrd
TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
3RC Ugrd
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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