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ETHS 306 Politics of Mixed Racial Identity

This course focuses on the phenomenon of mixed race descent in the United States. For comparative purposes, the course also explores the topic in relation to other nations. Included in the course are historical perspectives, and exploration of the psychology, sociology and literature associated with mixed race descent. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.

Learning outcomes


  • Describe the concepts and theories located within the mixed-race studies.
  • Execute complex analysis of cultural phenomena utilizing history, theories and concepts from mixed-race studies.
  • Explain the various theories, issues and concepts that surround and impact people of mixed-race descent.
  • Identify historical issues and debates pertinent to mixed-racial identity.
  • Understand and effectively discuss issues within mixed-race studies, regarding psychology, literature and sociology.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Politics of Mixed Racial Identity Thomas, Shakita Books for ETHS-306-50 Spring 2024 Course details for ETHS-306-50 Spring 2024