BLACK AND WHITE AMERICANS
Professor: Joe R. Feagin
Office: 431 Academic Building
Office Hours: TBA
Seminar Time: Wednesday, 2- 5 PM
Purpose of Course: This seminar
focuses on recent social science research on black and white
Americans. We will emphasize these topics: deep societal structures,
the historical background, past and present racial attitudes and
ideologies, the reality of “whiteness,” racism and the media, racial
discrimination and its costs, everyday experiences with racism, and
anti-discrimination policies. We will review major books dealing with
these and related issues. The seminar will be discussion oriented.
1. Regular participation in class discussions;
2. Twelve critique/comment papers (about 3-4 pages
each) on readings from the books below.
The Analytical Comment-Critique Papers:
Students will prepare twelve comment-and-critique
papers on the reading assignments and bring papers to class for
discussion. These papers should analyze critically just one or two
important issues in the reading assignment, issue which you find
thought-provoking or problematical. Analyze in some detail an issue of
interest. Some approaches: 1) Develop a logical critique of the
arguments you analyze (e.g., Does the evidence support the
arguments?); 2) Compare material in readings with research material
presented in class; 3) Compare and contrast material in one reading
assignment with that in another; or 4) Use material in reading
assignment to assess research data you have studied. The point of the
papers is to demonstrate that you've thought through and analyzed
important issues in the reading assignment. The papers will also be
useful for you in working out possible future research projects in
Books to be analyzed
(Available in local bookstores):
(1) W.E.B. Du Bois,
Darkwater (New York : Humanity Books, 2003). (ISBN: 1591020573).
Katznelson, When Affirmative Action was White (New York : W. W.
Norton, 2005). (ISBN: paperback if available, otherwise hardback).
McKinney, Being White (New York: Routledge, 2005). (ISBN:
(4) Patricia Hill Collins,
Black Sexual Politics (New York: Routledge 2004). (ISBN: paperback
(5) Joe Feagin, Systemic
Racism (New York: Routledge 2006). (ISBN: 0415952786.
(6) Roy L. Brooks,
Atonement and Forgiveness (Berkeley: University of California Press,
2004). (paperback if available, otherwise hardback).
(7) Hernan Vera and Andrew
Gordon, Screen Saviors (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).