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.

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.