Online availability: E-mails will be reviewed each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a response provided within 24 hours. E-mail sent on other days will be responded to as quickly as possible but not necessarily within a 24-hour period. I will observe furlough days as required by the State of Wisconsin. Those days will be announced in advance.
In this course we examine how race and geography are intimately connected through the paired themes of privilege/oppression and belonging/exclusion. The course is divided into three major sections: 1) Difference, Privilege, and Oppression (defining terms); 2) Territory, Citizenship & Identity: Historical and Regional Geographies of Race & Ethnicity; and 3) Geographies of Inclusion & Exclusion: Wealth and Racialized Poverty.
To develop your ability to critically think about and discuss the geography of race in the US.
As an online course, meeting this objective will require that you read all of the assigned material and participate in class discussions by posting essays and responses to the course D2L site. To underscore the course expectations, those and other special assignments make this a reading and writing intensive class.
Purchase the text, available in the UWM Bookstore:
Frazier, J. W. & E. L. Tettey-Fio, eds. (2006) Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America. Binghamton NY: Global Academic Publishing.
Accessible online at the following link: How Race is Lived in America (2001): http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/race/textindex.html
E-reserve readings (click on “Course Reserve” on UWM library homepage): http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/
PDFs of assigned articles will be provided on the course’s D2L site as well.
Course Evaluation (approximate percentage points to emphasize weight of effort):
120 points/ 17%
150 points/ 21.5%
100 points/ 14%
90 points/ 13%
90 points/ 13%
150 points/ 21.5%
Final grades will be determined as follows:
95 – 100%
90 – 94%
85 – 89%
80 – 85%
75 – 79%
70 – 74%
67 – 69%
63 – 66%
60 – 63%
No late assignments or make-up exams will be accepted under any condition barring serious illness or similar severe crisis. All notifications must be made in advance.
Grading appeals must be submitted in writing.
If you will need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please contact me as soon as possible – and preferably within the first two weeks of the semester.
I expect you to be respectful, prepared and involved in this class, and you can expect the same of me. Additional information on “netiquette” and maintaining the appropriate environment for discussion will be provided during the first week of the semester.
I will provide a checklist of specific instructions/assignments for each week. These simply confirm the information provided in the syllabus. Thus, you can anticipate course requirements by reading the syllabus regularly.
The syllabus indicates the readings assigned for the week – and where you will locate them (PDFs, e-reserve, textbook, etc). All readings must be completed by the beginning of each week.
Lectures will be posted on D2L under content several weeks in advance of the assigned “lecture date.”
Quizzes, covering readings and lecture material, will be posted on Tuesdays and will cover the information since the previous quiz. There are 13 quizzes. Your lowest grade will be dropped in determining quiz points. All quizzes are timed (30 minutes) and are due on Tuesday(s) no later than 11:30 p.m.
The exceptions to this schedule will be the quiz that I will post on Wednesday, January 27th . You will have until the end of the day (at 11:30 pm) to answer questions related to the syllabus, instruction, and my letter of introduction. Please note that with this quiz, as with all quizzes, you will have only 30 minutes once you begin the quiz. This sample quiz insures that we have “the bugs” worked out prior to the first reading/lecture quiz, which will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd.
Discussion questions will be posted on the Wednesday during the week assigned, and will cover readings since the previous discussion question. There are five discussion questions, and these are given approximately every other week. You will respond to the questions with a 200 to 250 word essay. Essays are due on Friday no later than 10:00 p.m.
Discussion Responses will be due the Wednesday during the week assigned. Because you will be asked to comment on your classmates’ essays in the discussion response, you will respond the week after the discussion questions are posted. There are five discussion responses, and these occur approximately every other week. Responses should be between 100 and 150 words. Please pay close attention to this word limit/requirement.
You will read through each other’s discussion question essays to develop a response to the week’s topics. No more than two students may respond to the same essay, so if you see one you want to respond to, act quickly! Additional information on the discussion responses will be provided prior to the first due date.
Please note – if you do not prepare a discussion question essay, you are not allowed to submit a discussion response. Active participation in both parts of the discussion is expected to insure that a viable discussion takes place. Also, you will be graded not only on your response but whether you have read (all) of your colleagues essays. To learn something from this activity, you must “listen” to your classmates. I can access information on D2L that allows me to evaluate whether you are reading your classmates’ work.
There are two scheduled Examinations. They are due the Wednesday assigned. While they are open notes/book, you will only have 60 minutes to complete the exam. That requires the same study effort as a closed book exam. The exams are timed and closed when 60 minutes expire! You will not be able to leave the examination and come back, so you must be prepared for the exam once you start it! The majority of both exams will be true/false or multiple choice questions. Although the final exam will focus on the second half of the material, it will build upon concepts introduced earlier in the semester.
You will read one of six books that I have selected for the course Book Review assignment. No more than six students can choose the same book for discussion and review. So, if you see one that you wish to read, notify me as soon as possible (starting on January 25th). You will form a book group to discuss the book. Your grade on the book review will be based in part on your contribution to the book group discussion (40%) and in part on the final book review (60%). Additional information on this assignment will be provided in the second week of classes and posted to the course D2L site.
The following titles make up the list of acceptable selections for the book review assignment:1
Deloria, Philip (2004) Indians in Unexpected Places. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas.
Jimenez, Tomas (2009) Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Neiwert, David (2005) Strawberry Days: How Internment destroyed a Japanese American Community. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Obama, Barak (2004 edition) Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press.
Roediger, David (2005) Working toward Whiteness/How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs. Cambridge MA: Basic Books/Perseus Books Group.
Shankar, Shalini (2008) Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Any one interested in obtaining extra credit points (up to 5% of the final grade), may choose an additional book from the same list.2
For a variety of possible reasons, I reserve the right to make any changes to this schedule and syllabus’ content. You will be notified of any change via you UWM panthermail account if that should occur.
COURSE SCHEDULE: TOPICS, READINGS, ASSIGNMENTS INTRODUCTION: DIFFERENCE, PRIVILEGE, AND OPPRESSION WEEK ONE (Jan. 25th-29th) Introduction to course; What are ‘race’ and ethnicity? Readings/Requirements: 1) Visit D2L site – syllabus, letter of introduction, checklist