Race, Culture and the Classification of People

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Race, Culture, Classification
Spring 2023
Taught By: Lawrence Hirschfeld
Section: A

CRN: 13304

Credits: 4

Few ideas are as potent, as easy to learn, and as difficult to forget as race. This course explores issues about race by disrupting "common sense" and by identifying its psychological and cultural dimensions. Much of the research on the psychological dimension seeks to explain racializing beliefs and attitudes in terms of general and familiar cognitive processes like perception, stereotyping, and category distortion. Research on the cultural dimension–typically conducted by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists–focuses on the way race figures in the regulation of power and resources, on its role in creating and sustaining economic inequity and political domination. The seminar adopts an integrative and comparative approach, examining differences and similarities in racial thinking across cultures and across historical periods, and comparing race with other important social categories, such as gender and class.

One prior course taken in either Anthropology or Psychology.
This course satisfies the Reading requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:22am EDT 5/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: 68 5th Ave
Room: 104
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023