AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Fall 2021, Section 003 - Science, Technology, and Racial Capitalism
Instruction Mode: Section 003 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.

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Schedule

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
27012
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3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 001: Monuments Matter
002 (SEM)
  Hybrid
27013
Closed
0
1Y1
2Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
26310
Closed
0
1Y1
2Enrollment Management
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
27728
Closed
0
3Enrollment Management
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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