Syllabus

CES/WST/SOC 300: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality

Professor Kim Christen
Wilson 115 | 335-4177
kachristen@wsu.edu
Office hours: after class or by appointment

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. To understand the theoretical concepts of race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia in relation to political-economic structures, social institutions, cultural practices and everyday life.
  2. To explore possible approaches to scholarship on the intersections of race/ethnic, gender, class, sexuality and other dimensions of inequality and the implications of a commitment to attention to these intersections.
  3. To understand how various underrepresented, oppressed, and/or exploited groups have resisted and struggled to recreate their own social and cultural identities in relation to both each other, as well as dominant groups, leading to both conflict and community empowerment.
  4. To develop a critical understanding of the ways in which racial, class, gender, and sexual identities are socially constructed and reconstructed by individuals and groups over time and different contexts.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Participation: Students are expected to do all course readings prior to class and come prepared to discuss the readings. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class discussion in relation to their coherence about the materials and their ability to ask engaging and thoughtful questions of the material. The class is designed around student activity as such we will have many in-class activities including movie worksheets, group projects and team activities. Students must complete the in-class activities on the day they are assigned. Students may not make up missed in-class assignments.
  2. Reading Quizzes: There will be reading quizzes covering the assigned readings. Quizzes will be the first 15 minutes of class and cannot be made up.
  3. Midterm essay exam: The midterm essay exam will cover materials through the first half of the semester. Students will be given a review sheet the week prior to the essay exam and there will be an in-class review of the materials and essay questions. 
  4. Final essay exam: The final essay exam will cover materials for the second half of the semester. Students will be given a review sheet the week prior to the essay exam and there will be an in-class review of the materials and essay questions. Students may use their books during the essay exam.
  5. Group project: Students will work in preselected groups to research, prepare and present a project related to the themes of the class. Projects will focus on “in the news” topics guidelines with be posted to the course blog.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  1. Paula Rothenberg, (editor): Race, Class and Gender in the United States
  2. Alan Duff: Once Were Warriors
  3. Sherman Alexie: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven

STUDENT EVALUATION

Students will be evaluated based on their critical engagement with the reading assignments, the sophistication and rigor of their written assignments and the professional quality of their oral presentations.

  1. Participation                   250
  2. Quizzes                            225
  3. Midterm Essay                300
  4. Final Essay                      300
  5. Group Project                  100

NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS are accepted except in the case of a documented emergency, a documented university sponsored event or a documented observance of a religious holiday.

PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Students who violate the University’s policies on plagiarism and academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action including: failure of the specific assignment and/or failure of the class.  Plagiarism includes not providing proper citation for ANY work including information found on any website, book, pamphlet, etc. Or copying in full or part someone else’s work (including fellow students). If you do not understand the seriousness of plagiarism and academic dishonesty, and the importance of avoiding those behaviors, I would recommend that you read WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (WSU Student Handbook, WAC 504-26-202—Acts of Dishonesty and WAC 504-26-010–

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