Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History
- Introduction to Concepts of Race and Identity
- This module introduces the concept of "race," and begins to address the use of the concept in the United States. It also explores both fears and opportunities raised by the realities of racial and ethnic diversity.
- Historical Legacies of Race in the United States
- This module begins to address in greater detail a number of specific issues in the context of the United States: the legacy of slavery in the case of African Americans, the position of native Americans post colonization, and the particular circumstances of Asian American immigrants. These examples raise further complexity in the understanding of race and ethnicity.
- Legacies of Race and Racism Today
- The course now turns in this third module to the complex lived realities of race and ethnic diversity in contemporary American society. Among the issued explored include geographical segregation and racial bias.
- Race and Ethnicity in American Social Institutions
- The course concludes in this fourth module with an investigation of institutional racism, systemic social inequalities, and patterns of discrimination.