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SISU-360 Topics in Iden/Race/Gend/Cultr Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics including race and international relations, cultural diplomacy, and international education. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-260.

Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: African Political Thought
African Political Thought (3) This course is a broad survey of comparative themes in African political thought. It reviews how Africans perceive political developments, past as well as current, on their continent. Through a review of selected indigenous works of literature, political biographies, and social commentary, the course highlights seminal thoughts on some of the issues and challenges that have shaped African state-building pathways and journeys from pre-colonial times to the present. Specific topics covered include: ideas of citizenship and political rights in traditional African society; conceptualizations of the trauma of slavery and its socioeconomic aftermath; assessments of the colonial legacy; thoughts on resistance to colonialism, proto-nationalism, and the struggle for independence; neocolonialism and the challenges of the post-colonial state; the concepts of the African personality, pan-Africanism, and Nkrumah's dreams of continental unity; African socialism, Ujamaa economics, and the rise and fall of the redistributive state; authoritarianism, single party systems, and democratic reversals; thoughts on mass protests, coups, and sociopolitical revolts; conceptualizations of neopatrimonialism, ethnicity, and corruption in studies of African political culture; explanations of the trauma of apartheid, antiapartheid activism, and solidarity politics in Africa; Sankofa, Ubuntu, and the concept of African renaissance.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Race/Ethnicity Across Americas
Race and Ethnicity Across the Americas (3) This course is an introduction to the politics of race and ethnicity across the Americas in comparative and historical perspective. The course is about how racial thought differently took hold across the region, how race and ethnicity came to differentially structure access to rights, resources, and recognition in various sociohistorical contexts, and how ethnic and racial movements have contested exclusion nationally and internationally. The course encourages students to think critically and historically about the politics and workings of race and ethnicity across and beyond the Americas.