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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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HI 225 - Thinking about Race and Ethnicity: "Race" in America, 1776 to the Present


Credits: 3
An examination of the difference between "race" and "ethnicity." What are we referring to when we use these terms? Biology? Culture? Faith? Skin color? Nationality? History? Epistemology? What makes categories based on apparently natural differences useful? How has the meaning of "race" and "ethnicity" changed over time? In the United States, the categories have variously overlapped, collided, or remained separate, depending on what those categories have been called upon to explain. At one time, Jews and the Irish were seen as separate races, then they were seen as ethnicities, and eventually they became "white." What accounts for these changes, and what does that say about these categories? This course addresses these questions by examining how intellectuals, social scientists, the law, and cultural producers in America have historically defined and thought about race, ethnicity, "blackness," and "whiteness."
Note(s): (Designated a Cultural Diversity course; fulfills social sciences requirement.)
J. Delton



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