FRENCH 385 - Contemporary France: Politics, Culture, and Society
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Race, Religion, and Coloniality
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 or RCLANG 320 and two courses in FRENCH numbered 250-299; or two courses in RCLANG 320 and one course in FRENCH numbered 250-299.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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Race is a social construct. In this course, students will be asked to go beyond this accurate, yet inadequate statement to ask precisely how, why, and by whom race was/is socially constructed. Focusing primarily on French imperial and ‘post’-imperial contexts, we will attend to how race intersects with other social categories such as class, gender, sexuality, and religion within an overarching logic of coloniality to produce and maintain the unequal hierarchies that underpin labor exploitation and land and resource expropriation at local, national, and international levels. In doing so, this course will introduce students to a range of writing on race and coloniality, from Critical Race Theory and Critical Muslim Studies to postcolonial studies and decolonial thought to help us collectively envision antiracist and decolonial futures.


FRENCH 385 - Contemporary France: Politics, Culture, and Society
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001 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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