Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This seminar is intended as a graduate-level historical and theoretical survey of both the history of race and racism and the scholarly field of critical race theory. This broad historical and theoretical survey is geographically centered on the West. It emphasizes the reading and criticism of classic works of critical race scholarship as well as important historical sources on race and racism in Western history. Among the ideas and practices falling under our purview are ancient and modern ethnography and ethnology, slavery, colonialism, natural history (natural description, or natural classification), natural rights, sociology of race, racialism, racial eliminativism, racial contract, and human development.
Bernasconi, Robert, and Tommy L. Lott, The Idea of Race. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000.
Cox, Oliver C. Caste, Class, and Race: A Study in Social Dynamics. Doubleday & Co., 1948: Part Three: Race. Public domain online copy at https://archive.org/details/casteclassracest00coxo
Curran, Andrew S. The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
Isaac, Benjamin. The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.
McCarthy, Thomas. Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Mikkelsen, Jon M. Kant and the Concept of Race. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014.
Omi, Michael, and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.
Taylor, Paul C. Race: A Philosophical Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley, 2013.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Regular attendance and participation in discussion, including a seminar presentation, (25% of final grade) and a 20-to-25-page historiographical essay (75%).