Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present. Race and ethnicity are ideological and cultural categories that include all groups and individuals. Hence, this course is designed in significant part to take a broad look at the ideology of race and cultural diversity in America’s past and present. The primary focus is on the historical and social relationships among European Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/as, and Asian/Pacific Americans. Issues of race and ethnicity are examined across different ethno-cultural traditions in order to interweave diverse experiences into a larger synthesis of the meaning of race and ethnicity in American life. In this course, we conceive of “race” and “diversity” as references to the entire American population, even as we recognize that different groups have unique historical experiences resulting in distinctive and even fundamental cultural differences. We treat race and ethnicity as dynamic, complex ideological and cultural processes that shape all social institutions, belief systems, inter-group relationships, and individual experiences.
Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and HistoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Introduction to Concepts of Race and Identity
Historical Legacies of Race in the United States
Legacies of Race and Racism Today
Race and Ethnicity in American Social Institutions
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TOP REVIEWS FROM RACE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
Very much enjoyed the lectures, I wish the coursework wasn't as intensive. Would have preferred quizzes/reflection papers on the topics introduced during the video lectures.
This course is an excellent source of education! I learned so much, and feel so proud of myself for completing it, and getting grades that I never thought I could! Thank you, Coursera! :)
This was a great class in which I learn many additional parts about US history that I had not previously known about or understood.
This was a very interesting course. I think everyone should take it. I am a history buff and there were things I didn't know. I am very glad I took this course.
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