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HIST-305 Topics in Race and Ethnicity Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Race and Ethnicity in the United States (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics include Latinos and Latinas in United States history; Native American history; and Asian American history. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Slavery in the Americas
Slavery in the Americas (3) For nearly 400 years, chattel slavery dominated the life, culture, and economy of the Americas and set into motion patterns of racism and inequality that continue to thrive in new forms. This survey course focuses on the experiences of the African diaspora within the Americas to explore the rise and demise of chattel slavery within the context of the Atlantic world. The course examines what accounts for the origins and continuity of this institution, who benefited from it, how slavery created new ideas about race, what it was like to live in a slave society, and how the enslaved fought for freedom, while creating new cultures within the boundaries of slavery. The course proceeds chronologically and thematically to examine four major themes: the origins of plantation slavery, major slave revolts and rebellions (including the Haitian Revolution), comparisons of daily life and resistance, and how the enslaved envisioned emancipation. Students read a variety of primary and secondary sources to understand the experiences of enslaved men, women, and children and also explore how the institution shaped law, politics, empire, gender roles, and ideas about freedom. Meets with AFAM-396 001 AMST 320 002.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Race/Amer Soc Justice Movemnts
Race and American Social Justice Movements (3) If American history could be summed up by one theme, that theme would be social justice movements. This is a step beyond civic participation, as the near continual struggle for social justice is evidence that most Americans, especially Americans of color, were unable to or forbidden from such participation at the time of the nation's founding and beyond. This course is an introduction to the history of American struggles for social justice, including how these movements have worked in practice. The course relies on social theories, historical perspectives, and political considerations to provide an understanding of the fundamental role of race in American social justice efforts and some of the institutions through which Americans have worked to see social justice achieved. Students are exposed to the complex social, economic, cultural, and political issues that have confronted Americans in social justice in the past and continue to confound it today. Meets with AFAM-396 003.