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Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Fall 2010
WGST 304/SOCY 304/ POLI 305/AFRO 398R
Section 001

Meeting Times: TTH 9:30-10:45AM
Location:Currell College 203
Instructor: Dr. Sharon Lee White
Phone: 777-4007(Please leave message)
Office Hours: By appointment only

Course Description:
This multidisciplinary course is designed to explore historical and contemporary aspects of race, social class, gender, and sexuality. Focusing on the intersection of race, class, gender and sexual orientation, this course will examine how the confluence of these identities shape the lives of individuals, institutions, and society as a whole. We will also explore the various dimensions of privilege, stratification, and oppression and resistance as well as racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and the overall systemic nature of these and other “isms.”

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:
1. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.
2. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the confluence of the above identities yield complex consequences for individuals, institutions, and society as a whole.

3. Students should be able to discuss the theories about the origins of these intersections and the structures and forces that maintain them and perpetuate their existence. 4. Students will demonstrate understanding of diversity by gender, race, social class, and sexuality.

Required Texts:
1. David M. Newman, Identities & Inequalities: Exploring the Intersection of Race, Class Gender, and Sexuality, (McGraw Hill, 2007). Available at the Russell House Bookstore 2. Articles Provided by the Instructor (Posted on Blackboard) 3. Films will be shown throughout the semester to compliment the readings and/or illustrate the themes discussed in lectures and readings.

Course Requirements and Grading Scale:
|Assignments |Total Points | |Four (4) Exams. Each Exam will count 100 points |400 | |1 Reflection/Reaction Paper* |100 | |Final Writing Assignment* |100 | |Final Exam |100 | |TOTAL |700 |

*See attachment to Syllabus

Your Final Grade will be Determined as Follows:
|Total Points |Numerical Grade |Letter Grade | |662-700 |95-100 |A | |627-661 |90-94 |B+ | |592-626 |85-89 |B | |557-591 |80-84 |C+ | |522-556 |75-79 |C | |487-421 |70-74 |D+ | |452-486 |65-69 |D | |451 and below |64 and below |F |

Attendance and other Responsibilities:
This is a collaborative class with emphasis on discussion. Participation and attendance are essential if we are to be productive. With this...
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