Constructing Race

Description: (Formerly numbered M159P.) (Same as African American Studies M159P and Asian American Studies M169.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Examination of race, socially constructed category, from anthropological perspective. Consideration of development of racial categories over time and in different regions, racial passing, multiracial identity in U.S., whiteness, race in popular culture, and race and identity. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 2.4
Easiness 2.6/ 5
Clarity 1.9/ 5
Workload 2.7/ 5
Helpfulness 2.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2022 - This class was very....interesting, and I was admittedly hesitant going into it due to the other reviews. The class required one midterm and one paper throughout the quarter. The midterm was a series of short answer questions, and she gave very conflicting answers on how she wanted it to be graded. I would say hit every point she mentions on the midterm exam sheet and you should be okay. The final paper was an ethnographic style analysis of a topic of your choice related to COVID-19 and race (again, the directions were kind of vague, but TA tried his best to break things down.) For lectures: It was extremely hard to follow along in lectures, because not only does she use outdated language (ex. 'the Blacks were very upset by..) but the presentation slides used were overall non-cohesive and unclear. Essentially, she is repeating everything from the reading. Attendance is occasionally checked. Reading: I would say do as much of the reading as you can leading up to the midterm, but then after that, you can focus on the material pertaining to your paper. Fortunately, the reading topics themselves are clear and engaging, and I did get a more in-depth perspective of the LA riots (the book that she wrote.) I feel like sticking to the (very much so outdated) reading helped a lot, albeit a little repetitive by the end of the quarter. Overall workload: It is manageable, just make sure you run the directions past your TA as for what they are looking for in your papers because following along with the professor is very confusing. As someone with a heavy courseload and student-worker, I got through the quarter without dedicating an unfair portion of time. This class felt a bit tedious but not unmanageable.
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