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This course provides an introduction to central approaches and concepts animating the investigation of race and ethnicity. We will not treat either of these categories of difference as a given, nor as separable from other axes of social difference. Rather, we will apply an interdisciplinary and intersectional framework to illuminate how these concepts have come to emerge and cohere within a number of familiar and less familiar socio-cultural and historical contexts. We will consider how racial and ethnic differentiation as fraught but powerful processes have bolstered global labor regimes and imperial expansion projects; parsed, managed, and regulated populations; governed sexed and gendered logics of subject and social formation; and finally, opened and constrained axes of self-understanding, political organization, and social belonging. Special attention will be given to broadening students understanding of racial and ethnic differentiation beyond examinations of identity. Taken together, theoretical and empirical readings, discussions, and outside film screenings will prepare students for further coursework in race and ethnic studies, as well as fields such as literary studies, women’s studies, history, sociology, and anthropology

Spring 2022: CSER UN1040
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CSER 1040 001/11395 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Shana Redmond 3.00 15/22

Ethnicity and Race Studies

General Studies

Program Co-Directors: Professors Mae Ngai ( and ( Karl Jacoby - ON LEAVE FOR AY21/22 )  | 425 Hamilton | 

Ethnicity and Race Studies

Columbia College

...core courses (may choose between CSER UN1010 and CSER UN1040) and four elective courses, one...