Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives exposes students to a range of sociological theories about the construction of race both nationally and globally. It will survey the contours of the history of the discourse on race, reviewing in the process, explanations offered for racial classifications. The course is designed to examine critically the extent to which economic, political and social factors provide the rationale for the emergence of the ideology of racism. Moreover part of the focus of this course will revolve around exploring the overt and subtle forms of racism which often lay behind notions of intense nationalism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia and racial denial.