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Courses :: CULS C701 Topic: Race, Gender, and Science in American Society

This course examines the role of science and medicine in the  construction(s) of ?race,?
historically and in the present. Students  will interrogate the development of scientific
authority over American  race relations as well as challenges to racial science, paying 
particular attention to the intersection of race with other categories  of human
difference, such as gender and sexuality. The readings will  focus primarily on the
United States, in order to examine in depth the  specific historical contexts and
changing cultural politics at play in  scientific understandings of racial difference.
Additional themes  include: gender norms and racial thought; the production of scientific
 knowledge; biological determinism and raced/gendered bodies; health  disparities; the
racial coding of disease; and the implications of  recent trends in genetic science.