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Foundations: D1:Race and Racism in the U.S.

EDFS 001 OL1 (CRN: 61865)

3 Credit Hours

About EDFS 001 OL1

Students will investigate the multi-faceted concepts of identity, racism, and the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression in the United States.


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Dates: May 22 - August 11, 2023; Asynchronous online

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Section Description

The goal of EDFS 001 is to survey, examine, and discuss the origins and consequences of race and racial oppression in the United States. Through discussion, assigned readings, and other related media, we will explore the origins of race and its consequences through the 21st century. However, reflection is necessary for successful navigation and understanding of race. Reflecting upon one’s own beliefs and understandings about race is the first step in the journey toward eradicating the system of race. In EDFS 001, we will critically investigate the history of racism and discrimination in the U.S. Such a critical examination necessarily includes understanding how race intersects with other forms of discrimination (e.g., sexism, sexual orientation, ageism, ability, etc.). Finally, we will examine the practicality of maintaining a system of race and racism in 21st-century U. S. society. Course learning objectives include: Students will become familiar with conversations and issues surrounding race and racism in the U. S.; Students will gain a deeper understanding of fundamental topics, concepts, and terms such as white privilege; structural/institutional racism; and equity, to list a few. Through thoughtful and respectful discussions, students will critically challenge their beliefs and views on the ‘reality’ or ‘falsity’ of race. Students will develop a ‘systemic’ understanding of race and their role in a society that includes such a thing as race. Students will gain a more profound knowledge of the system of race to dismantle it once and for all.

Section Expectation

This course combines lecture and discussion formats. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on coursework outside of class, with additional time for the final project.


Grades: Attendance/Engagement- 30% Weekly Assignments- 50% Final Project- 20%




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