Faculty of Arts
Questions of Race and Racism
This course approaches the concepts of race and racism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It begins by considering the origins of the concept of race and the serious inadequacies it has as a biological concept used to describe human genetic variation. Following this we consider how the reality of socially defined race may be embodied in discriminated groups as poorer health outcomes. We continue by exploring various concepts and their historical and theoretical frameworks from the perspectives of law, media, history, geography, women’s studies and Pacific studies. Students are encouraged to think about why concepts of race have such social and political potency. What are the impacts of these concepts and practices of racism and anti-racism on individuals, families, communities and nation-states, internationally and here in the Pacific, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Coordinator(s) Dr Susanna Trnka
Coursework + exam
ANTHRO 105: 15.0 points