AUx2 Course Overview

AUx2 seeks to create a space for conversations and learning about race, social identity, and structures of power. The course builds upon concepts introduced in AUx1, blending personal exploration of social identity formation with a multidisciplinary approach to race. As a starting point for the academic study of the structures of culture and power as well as social movements that challenge those structures, the course equips 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 aims to equip students to begin the practice of engaging in dialogue with recognition of impact on individuals, communities, and structures. The course also is set-up to prepare students for their Diversity and Equity (DIV) course, which aims to build off content introduced in AUx2 while highlighting faculty expertise in these areas and underscoring the university’s commitment to engaging with the larger cultural and political conversation about social equity.

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

  • Examine race and racism as a socially constructed system, primarily in the context of Western European settler colonialism.
  • Evaluate how racism intersects with other systems of oppression that create power, privilege, and inequality in relation to society or themselves.
  • Examine liberation, resistance, or cultural celebration efforts led by historically marginalized people and communities that confront or disrupt systems of oppression, such as racism and white supremacy.
  • Practice dialogue and self-reflection as examples of anti-racist principles.

Please see the list below for class topics from fall 2020.

  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx2
  • Class 2: How Do We (Un)Know What We Know?
  • Class 3: Historical Underpinnings of Race
  • Class 4: How Race Shapes Our World
  • Class 5: The Origin of Intersectionality
  • Class 6: Intersectionality Continued
  • Class 7: The Power of Where You Live
  • Class 8: The History of Education
  • Class 9: The Role of Education in Society
  • Class 10: Health Disparities & COVID-19
  • Class 11: Election Reflections
  • Class 12: The Impact of Civic Engagement
  • Class 13: Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
  • Class 14: Class Reflection

Please see the list below for class topics for spring 2021.

  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx2
  • Class 2: Engaging in Critical Self-Reflection & Dialogue
  • Class 3: Historical Underpinnings of Race
  • Class 4: Historical Underpinnings of Resistance
  • Class 5: Levels of Racism
  • Class 6: Institutionalized Racism
  • Class 7: The Origin of Intersectionality
  • Class 8: Instructor Choice [Wellness Week]
  • Class 9: Intersectionality Continued
  • Class 10: Transforming Systems
  • Class 11: The Cycle of Liberation
  • Class 12: When They Call You A Terrorist: Student-Led Dialogue
  • Class 13: When They Call You A Terrorist: Student-Led Dialogue
  • Class 14: Final Reflection

A Journey Through AUx: Syedah’s Story

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Syedah Asghar shares her experience taking AUx and what she found valuable about the experience.