Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Critical Whiteness Studies

This course introduces students to Critical Whiteness Studies, the scholarly interrogation of the social construction of whiteness: how whiteness converges with gender, socioeconomic status, and other social markers, to create and maintain fundamental sources of societal stratification. The course examines the historical and contemporary social, cultural, and political origins of and resistance to white supremacy and white privilege, particularly in the United States. Students will consider the economic and political forces responsible for the construction and maintenance of whiteness, and will critique the multiple axes of race, gender and class to understand the various mechanisms of privilege. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. Meets the Critical Learning: SHB requirement. Meets the Equity and Power: EPUS requirement. (Not offered 2022-23).

Prerequisite: Feminist & Gender Studies 110, Feminist & Gender Studies 114, Feminist & Gender Studies 200, and junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: SHB, Critical Perspectives: S, Equity and Power: EPUS

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