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Title: Race Matters
Description: The course examines the ties between science, racism, and race. We first track the historic development of race, a concept invented to categorize the perceived biological and cultural differences between human groups. Though it has no biological basis, race remains very real. Yet, many investigators of human biological variation have “naturalized” racial categories. Whether or not intended, race’s naturalization has had dramatic social consequences. Examples include craniometry, IQ testing, genetic screening, racialized medicine, and cosmetic surgery. The results of this work have been used to legitimate slavery and genocide, promote eugenics, further discriminatory legislative policies, exacerbate economic and health disparities, and sustain biologically deterministic ideas. Many of these issues also necessitates thinking about race's links to class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. The class concludes with those voices who advocate for diversity and critical thinking in science.
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Name: Pamela Geller
Email: p.geller@miami.edu
Online Course: No
Affiliation: University of Miami
Field: Four-/Five-Field
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Intermediate
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: 20-50
Geography: Europe,North America

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