The course explores race, gender, and class as intersecting relations that have applicability to academic and working contexts, as well as and applicability to our everyday lives and relationships. Concepts and arguments from the social sciences and humanities dealing with race, gender, and class in inter-related combinations not just as stand-alone concepts will be studied and applied in the course. Course material will focus on but not be limited to Canada and the US. Course material will also have an emphasis on aboriginal issues in Canada. Students will gain opportunities to critically reflect on their own situatedness within these intersections. Additionally, students will learn strategies for critical self-awareness, response, and alliance building that they can take to communities where they work and live.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
No class Monday, October 10 (Thanksgiving). This is a 45 hour course. If there are fewer than 15 sessions, additional course work will be assigned by the instructor. ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON THE DESIGNATED DATE AND TIME.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Examine frameworks for analyzing dominance, privilege, oppressions, and power.
Identify and describe the ways in which the categories of race, gender, and class as categories are interlocking.
Explain how these categories structure assumptions, relationships, and practices in both invisible and overt ways.
Articulate continuities and changes in how these categories are invoked across particular eras, fields of work and study, in Canada and some international contexts.
Discuss some of the controversies, critiques, advantages, limitations, and ambiguities that accompany looking at race, class, and gender in intersectional ways.
Examine how different authors, theorists, and practitioners from various fields explain the relationships between race, gender, and class.
Critically reflect on the student?s own situatedness in the intersections of race, gender, and class.
Apply ideas drawn from academic and artistic works to contemporary professional and social contexts where race, class, and gender operate.
Analyze frameworks and issues that arise in anti-oppression and alliance-building.
Apply critical thinking, response, and alliance building strategies about race, gender, and class to communities where students live and work.
Effective as of Fall 2010
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