AUx2 Course Overview

AUx2 is unique to American University, and has been created specifically as a call to action by AU students, staff, and faculty who want to ensure that diversity, inclusion, free speech, and freedom of expression are part of the core curriculum at American University. AUx2 aims to equip students to become part of a community of learners whose members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them a range of experiences. AUx2 course learning outcomes are achieved through online learning, in-class activities, reflective writing assignments, and individual and small group discussions with course Instructors, Peer Leaders, and classmates.

Theme 1: Introduction & Key Concepts
  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx2
  • Class 2: Exploring Our Diverse Identities
  • Class 3: Bias & Discrimination In Our Classroom and Our World
  • Class 4: Examining Race and Class Privilege
  • Class 5: Race & Racial Formation
Theme 2: An Historic and Contemporary Lens
  • Class 6: Native American Exploration & Manifest Destiny
  • Class 7: Slavery's Realities & Resonance
  • Class 8: Abolition & the Early Women's Movement
  • Class 9: Immigration & Defining Whiteness and Otherness
  • Class 10: Emergence of a Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • Class 11: Intersections of Multiple Identities
Theme 3: Theory Into Practice
  • Class 12: Skill Building- Allyship
  • Class 13: Skill Building- Moderating Civil Discourse
  • Class 14: Letter Readings & Course Conclusion
Goal #1: Students will continue to explore and analyze the concepts of identity introduced in AUx1 - including but not limited to race, gender, and sexual expression, class, religion, and disability - as they pertain to society and themselves.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the social and historical roles of race and ethnicity to establish a foundation for lifelong learning on a complex, dynamic topic
  • Explore the individual, group, and institutional dimensions of race and ethnicity, bias, and privilege from multiple academic perspectives

Goal #2: Students will explore and model ways of communicating and living in a diverse society, specifically by addressing divergent opinions on challenging topics.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate research and analytical skills and express their thought and opinions in writing and in prepared presentations
  • Engage in civil discourse, monitored debates, and participate in allyship scenarios

Spring 2018 AUx2 Peer Leaders
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