Race & Educ Opportunity

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Black Studies

Course Number: 
341
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as HIST 355 [US; or may be included in AF concentration, but not AF for distribution in the major] and BLST 341 [US].) This seminar is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between race and educational opportunity in American history. Students will gain a historical understanding of the divergent educational experiences of various groups within American society. The course is divided into four units: ethnicity and educational access in early America, education and segregation in Jim Crow America, desegregation (implementation and opposition) after Brown v. Board of Education, and contemporary discussions over race and access to education. In the first section of the course, students will pay special attention to trends including northern and southern resistance to African American education, education as assimilation, and vocational vs. classical education. Next, they will delve into twentieth- and twenty-first-century issues involving race and education. For example, they will examine how specific communities--northern, southern, and western--grappled with the desegregation process. Finally, students will assess the extent to which desegregation has been achieved and the transformative effects of this policy on public schools. One class meeting per week.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Moss.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
Y
Crosslisted Section ID: 
HIST-355-01,BLST-341-01
Schedule #: 
BLST-341-01-1213S

Course Sections

Race & Educ Opportunity
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Hilary Moss

hmoss@amherst.edu

T 01:00PM-03:30PM

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