Within the Disciplines
PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: PREJUDICE
Linked With Academic Writing 101
Dr. Kathryn Russell
Dept. of Philosophy-SUNY Cortland
Anderson, Margaret L. and Collins,
Patricia Hill. Race, Class and Gender:
An Anthology, 2nd Ed. Belmont,
California: Wadsworth Publishing Co.,
This course will examine oppression
due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
gender and class. Strategies of social
change will be evaluated as ways to
enhance freedom, justice, and equality.
We will be particularly interested in
how power is distributed by social group
and how institutionalized patterns of
behavior allow racism and sexism to
The class will emphasize critical thinking
about ethical and political problems
that confront us in everyday life. It
will challenge you to develop your own
stand on selected issues but to sympathetically
understand alternative points of view.
You will be encouraged to work collaboratively
with other students in responding to
VAL 140 satisfies requirements for
Category 2 in the General Education
program. The 1995-1996 Catalog (page
75) describes GE2 as follows:
The goal of this category is to educate
students about the nature of prejudice
and discrimination and their impact
on the people of this country and throughout
- A liberal education should enable
students to examine critically the
ways they think about themselves as
well as other people.
- Recognizing prejudice and discrimination
is necessary as a first step in eliminating
- To examine issues such as power
and bias as they relate to prejudice
and discrimination, and how these
issues have determined attitudes,
institutions, dominance and subordinance.
- To analyze how various beliefs can
lead to conflicting conclusions about
a society and its norms, values, and
- To study the individual and institutional
nature, as well as the extent of prejudice
and discrimination, either in the
American context with attention given
to the global dimension, or in the
global context with attention given
to the American dimension.
- To examine prejudice and discrimination
in relation to unequal distribution
- To examine various aspects of prejudice
and discrimination such as moral,
historical, educational, health, economic,
linguistic, political, psychological,
and social dimensions. Other intellectual
perspectives may be included. No course
need embrace all disciplinary perspectives.
- To examine the factors upon which
prejudice and discrimination may be
based, e.g.: race and/or gender as
well as class, ethnicity, religion,
age, sexual orientation, or disability.
SCHEDULE OF TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS
- Introduction to the Course
- Empathetic Understanding and Prejudice
Preface, pp. xi-xix, I. Introduction
pp. 1-9, Articles 1-Madrid, 6-Takaki,
- Discrimination and Racism
II. Introduction pp.56-70, 7-Yamato,
8-MacIntosh, Govier's article on reflective
analysis in the library.
- 12-Dyson, 33-Taylor, 37-Marable.
- 10-Thornton, 32-Gates, 39-Chan.
- Catch up and prepare for an in-class
- Campus Rape and Violence Against
98-Hall, 52-Martin and Hummer, 49-Kokopeli
- Gender and Sexism
17-Blood, Tuttle and Lakey, 42-Faludi,
- 9. Interconnections Among Gender,
Race, Ethnicity and Class
3-Jordan, 9-Beck, 16-Cole.
- 20-Lai, 23-Woo, 41-Steinem.
- Oppression, Double Binds and Double
5-Frye, 28-Dujon, Gradford and Stevens.
- 36-Funiciello, 46-Espin. MGS Center
- Final draft of Argumentative synthesis
essay due. Read articles on reserve
in the library.
- Media Influence on Norms, Values
6-Gunn-Ellen, 38-Churchill, 40-Lusane.
- Lesbian and Gay Rights
2-Moraga, 44-Smith, Xeroxed readings
and Pharr on reserve in the library.
- 27-Lorde, 43-Hammonds, 47-Jordan.
- Activism and Social Change
- Group Presentations, Synthesis essay
- Affirmative Action
Xeroxed readings and Ezorsky on reserve
in the library.
- Classism and Political
21-Eitzen and Zinn, 22-Amott, 24-Moore
- Equality and Educational
29-Michelson and Smith, 31-Williams.
- 26-Sanchez-Ayendez, 53-Kautzer,
- 11-Langston, 13-Ehrenreich, 54-Gray.
21. 14-Sklar, 15-Higgenbotham and Weber.
Argumentative research essay due.
- Intersections Among Class, Race/Ethnicity,
- Activism in the Face of Complex
- Native American Women's Activism
- Summary and Course Evaluation.