• Track: Global Cultures, Economics and Society

Who we are matters, and we do not all experience spaces in the same way. In this course, we will explore the ways inequalities based on racial and ethnic identities have played a significant role in shaping the historical and contemporary spaces of the United States. Throughout the semester, students will be exposed to various ways that conflicts over space have been used to enable, perpetuate, and reproduce inequalities based on race and ethnicity in the United States. In the discipline of geography, ‘difference’ is a way of looking at the ways people have divergent experiences of space according to who they are- according to markers of identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, or socio-economic class. This course will provide students with an understanding of the ways that race and ethnicity, as specific aspects of difference, shape one’s experience of the spaces of our everyday lives. In today’s very diverse and multicultural American society, it is crucial that we understand the ways that race and ethnicity differently shape human experience.

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