Global diversity, the richness of culture, and complexities that internationalization and globalization bring are current realities. We live and work in a society that is multicultural and global. This course helps students better understand the history and complexity of diversity and the ways to be better prepared to live with it. This course will focus on issues of race, culture, sexual orientation, class, and gender in the United States. Through reading, writing, large and small group discussion, lectures, films, and individual activities, students will explore the historical roots of U.S. multicultural society and the ways in which people of different cultures have been affected by, adapted to, and shaped American culture. Students will also investigate the multi-faceted concept of identity; the dynamics of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism; and the ways in which students can act for positive change based on enhanced awareness.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Sinn Fein, a political party in Ireland. The name of the party has conflicted meanings but is attributed to mean "We Ourselves." The phrase is a statement of intent used against British rule at the time of the foundation of this political party. The phrase suggests that Ireland should be ruled by "We Ourselves," in other words, the Irish people. Sinn Fein is a left wing, Irish republican political party. Founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, Sinn Fein took its current form in 1970 after a split within a larger political party. Sinn Féin has elected representatives in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This Field Lab will involve the walking tour led from the Sinn Fein Bookstore (approximately 1.5 hours; wear comfortable walking shoes). Following the walking tour, we will travel by bus to Kilmainham Gaol, the jail that was the site of events leading to Ireland emergence as a nation separate from England. This field lab is a requirement of Professor Manning's Race, Class, and Gender course. The themes of the class (including oppression, class conflict, and ethnic differences) will be illustrated through the walking tour and tour of the prison.