AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Fall 2022, Section 008 - Science, Technology, and Racial Capitalism
Instruction Mode: Section 008 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

“Racial capitalism” refers to the fact that to generate profits, capitalism exploits – and in turn produces – differences among peoples. Not just differences in “race” but also gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, and physical abilities, among many other distinctions that can be used to create hierarchies of human worth and disposability.

In this seminar, we will study the roles that science plays in racial capitalism. We will explore how scientific work facilitates the differentiation of people into groups in order to control human reproduction and social life – as part of the quest for wealth accumulation.

We will draw examples from several scientific fields, such as biology and psychology, but pay special attention to the roles that statistics and computation play in manufacturing and exploiting difference. Throughout the course, we will look for moments of rebellion against racial capitalism and mainstream scientific practice, and the possibility of alternatives.

We will discuss topics such as eugenics, intelligence testing, racialized medicine, and reproductive technologies. And we will strive to situate scientific theories and practices within the broad agendas of institutions such as the state, the academy, the prison, and the hospital.

Schedule

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
26396
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
2
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 001: Monuments Matter
005 (SEM)
 In Person
33349
Open
8
2Y1
3Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
 In Person
37233
Closed
0
1Y1
4Enrollment Management
2
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
37693
Closed
0
 
2Enrollment Management
4
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This is a meet-together with DIGITAL.
009 (SEM)
 In Person
38404
Closed
0
 
1
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
38416
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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