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ANTH-635 Race, Gender & Social Justice Course Level: Graduate

Race, Gender and Social Justice (3) Topics vary by section. This seminar explores the disjunction between biological myths of race and gender and their social construction as credible institutions; the historical, economic, and political roots of inequalities; the institutions and ideologies that buttress and challenge power relations; and the implications of social science teaching and research for understanding social class, race, and gender discrimination. Issues of advocacy for social change are also explored. Usually Offered: spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Permission: instructor.

Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Understanding Violence
Understanding Violence (3) What is violence? What is the relationship between violence and categories such as race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sect, caste, and culture? Each of these categories is a human-made idea about human difference, but how do we define each and their relation to one another, what role do these ideas play in violence and wars, and is it accurate to describe conflicts as, for example, ethnic, racial, or sectarian? This course explores these and related questions through contemporary examples of violence, conflict, and war, devoting special attention to understanding what the Trump presidency says about race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, and religion in the United States. Other course topics include identity, intersectionality, multiculturalism, genocide, structural violence, the state, nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, and social justice.