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University of Colorado Boulder

Anti-Racism II

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera

Overview

Anti-Racism II is an intermediate course between Anti-Racism I and Anti-Racism III, focusing on the topic of race, racism, and strategies regarding how to be an anti-racist. Anti-Racism II is for anyone who has previously taken Anti-Racism I, or who has basic knowledge of the racial issues plaguing the United States, and globally.

Anti-Racism I focused upon how to have open dialogue and conversations about race and racism. Anti-Racism II takes on the vital role assisting students in guiding their own conversations regarding race, and additionally gender and sexuality. Anti-Racism II will expand your knowledge and critically engage your inquiry, centering upon short interviews with leading scholars and activists in the field. Coupled with supplementary video and reading material, these interviews will further demonstrate the power of open dialogue and self-narration, directing you towards being an anti-racist ally. The centrality of the course interviews will culminate in a final project where students will construct and carry out their own personalized interview. The final project will test dialogic skills while asserting the importance of intimate conversations about race, gender, and sexuality.

This is challenging work in troubling times that may conjure uneasy feelings and emotions. Anti-Racism II can work as a bridge coming face to face with your personal individual relationship with social demands plaguing us nationally and globally. The remedy is to allow yourself uncomfortableness in order to get to the solutions. We are all in this together.

Peace & Love
Shawn

Course logo image credit: Emmanuel Gido, 08/31/2020. Available on Unsplash at https://unsplash.com/photos/SAjZSZUA690

Syllabus

  • Historical Constructions of Race and Racism
    • In the first week of the course, you will be guided through readings, documentaries, and interview discussions with reference to three of the most important historical structures of oppression and dominance in American society: settler colonialism, race and racism, and hyper/toxic masculinity.
  • Linguistic Constructions of Race and Racism
    • In the second week of the course, you will navigate multi-media material that takes you through the processes in which race and racism have been constructed through our vernaculars, including a provocative lecture of Ijeoma Oluo reading from her award winning book, So You Want to Talk About Race.
  • Interpreting Intersectionality
    • In the third week of the course, you will think critically about philosophies of intersectionality and the vitalness of marginalized folk to self-identify.
  • Create a Dialogue
    • In the fourth and final week of the course, you will see what we, as scholars, are implying when we talk about critical thought and critical thinking. We are talking about providing solutions and determining that many of the solutions begin with acknowledgment of self, self-engagement, and self-transcendence.

Taught by

Jennifer and Shawn

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