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, writing assignments, and individual and small group discussions with course Instructors, Peer Facilitators, and classmates.

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

  • Identify historical and current structures of power, privilege, and inequality.
  • Describe how historical and current structures of power, privilege, and inequality shape individual and societal values, assumptions, and behaviors.
  • Describe how historical and current structures of power, privilege, and inequality influence the creation, access and use of information and knowledge.
  • Practice engaging in discourse with intellectual rigor, ethics, integrity and recognition of impact on individuals, communities and structures.
  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx2
  • Class 2: Developing Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Class 3: Understanding Implicit and Unconscious Bias
  • Class 4: Defining Privilege
  • Class 5: Where Race Comes From
  • Class 6: How Race Shapes Our World
  • Class 7: Intersectionality: More Than a Buzz Word
  • Class 8: Instructor Choice
  • Class 9: The Role of Education in Society
  • Class 10: The Role of Information Systems in Society
  • Class 11: The Role of Art and Pop Culture in Society
  • Class 12: Instructor Choice
  • Class 13: A Civil Rights Case Study
  • Class 14: Course Conclusion & Group Presentations
  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx2
  • Class 2: How do We (Un)Know What We Know?
  • Class 3: Between the School and Me
  • Class 4: The Power of Privilege
  • Class 5: How Race Shapes Our World
  • Class 6: Intersectionality: Beyond the Identity Checklist
  • Class 7: Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
  • Class 8: The Role of Education in Society
  • Class 9: The Power of Where You Live
  • Class 10: Environmental Justice
  • Class 11: The Role of Art and Pop Culture in Society
  • Class 12: The Algorithms of Oppression
  • Class 13: Group Project Workshop
  • Class 14: Course Conclusion & Group Presentations
Members of the AUx2 Council
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