Race and Work in American Life
This course examines the influence of race on ideas and ideals of work in American life. Specific topics include the development of models and types of work across American epochs; slavery and labor; work, worth, and racial
citizenship; the "wages of whiteness"; opportunities v. outcomes; past and present social movements for racial workplace equity; affirmative action and public policy positions regarding race and work; Intersectional analyses of race, gender, and sexuality in the workplace, implicit bias and persistent patterns of racial discrimination in the workplace; and race as a social reality
within the American workplace. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.
Prerequisite: 30 credits of lower-division coursework.
- Categorize different periods and concepts of work and their relationship to race, racial politics, and racial citizenship
- Explain and analyze key course concepts in race and work, such as
slavery and its relationship to work and labor, affirmative action,
implicit bias, the Protestant work ethic and the moral righteousness of
work, the concept of racial citizenship, gendered intersectional
analyses of work and the workplace, and social movements for racial
equity in the workplace
- Explain and interpret the ethical dimensions of work as it intersects
with race, racism, and the pseudoscience of race
- Evaluate the connections between rights and responsibilities of racial
citizenship as they impact work, employment, and social moral standing
- Assess and appraise labor and the workplace and how opportunity and
outcomes are influenced by and perpetuated within the entrenched
racial hierarchy and racialization of American life
- Summarize the connections between the history of work and
contemporary outcomes determined by race in working conditions,
employment opportunities, and ranking hierarchies such as hiring, promotion, retention, and advancement
- Develop complex approaches to race in the workplace that relate to the ethical and civic dimensions of the workplace and their broader relation to American social realities
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
- 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.
- Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
- Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
- Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
- Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
- Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.