Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HUM 214
Course Title:
Race and Racism
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Course Description

Introductory examination of the origins and manifestations of the socially constructed concept of race. Critical theory approach is used to analyze the manner in which the concept of race has been developed and interpreted and its influence on the social, economic and political relations between ethnic groups. Emphasis on racist ideas, theories, movements and key people and events in the evolution of race-based thinking. This study includes instances of racism in Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Australia. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This humanities course provide an opportunity to explore the topics of race and racism including the study of the early theorists; learning
about theoretical and societal racism, racism organizations, state racism, anti-racism. Students will learn about how and why racism
persists. Compassion, tolerance and a greater understanding of what it means to be human are goals that make this course relevant to the
modern world and especially the United States as we move towards more and more ethnic diversity. Your ability to think critically and
synthesize knowledge will be exercised regularly through readings, writings and class discussions. An essential question for this course
is: What does it mean to be human? The course also provides practice in reading and writing skills. Finally, a key purpose of humanities is to increase students' ability to appreciate the commonality of all human beings.

Intended Outcomes for the course

 After successful completion of the course students should be able to:
• Engage in critical thinking to evaluate culturally based assumptions that underlie the modern concepts of race and racism.
• Understand that the study of humanities involves an analysis of what it means to be human through an examination of the motivation, creativity, values and world views people of different ethnic groups.
• Communicate effectively about the defining moments in the development of race-based ideas as well as anti-racist strategizing.
• Articulate and evaluate the world views and interactions of people of different ethnicities over time.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods. The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:
• Quizzes, exams or exercises.
• Essays.
• Participation in large and small groups.
• Capstone projects.
• Term paper.
• Written analysis of primary and secondary sources of information

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

• Origins of the concept race
• Construction of race
• Racial politics
• State racism
• Developments in literature, film and theater
• Religions and philosophies supporting race thinking
• Racial conflict and violence, and cooperation
• Slavery, colonialism and imperialism Concepts
• Ideological racism
• Societal racism
• The €œOther€
• Institutional racism
• Theories of racism
• Anti-racism
• Racist movements
• Colorblind society
• Critical race theory
• Race as a myth
• Racism€™s effect on societal values
• Impact of race and racism
• Development and use of tools
• Creation and significance of art
• Relationship between societies and mechanical devices
• Effect of religion and philosophy on society
• Inter-cultural relations
• Impact of history on cultural developments
• Critical reading of primary and secondary sources
• Connect past and present events
• Work collaboratively with others
• Conduct research using both primary and secondary sources
• Write in a clear, organized, and effective manner
• Ability to describe and analyze works of race theorists
• Critical viewing of films