Race, Gender and Class are powerful constructs that operate within America. These constructs have contributed to and have been framed by oppressions that have supported the economic, social and political success of some at the expense of those who are considered outsiders. In this course we will explore the oppressions and the dynamics of these constructs through the lens of the experiences of Women of Color in America. The course provides an introduction to Cultural Literacy, and a basic understanding of how diversity enriches every structure in the U.S.
Readings, lectures, films and class discussions are an integral part of the class. They are used to help define these oppressions, and to clarify the manner in which they are experienced by Women of Color. THERE IS A LOT OF READING REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.
SAS CORE CURRICULUM GOALS MET BY THIS COURSE
- Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world.
- Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective.
- Analyze issues of social justice across local and global contexts.