Topics in Social Theory and Practice: Race and Racism

A young white man wearing a hoodie holds a sign over his head with the words  "Skittles," "Ice tea," and "Hoodie" listed next to boxes with check marks. Beneath them, next to a box with an x marked in it , are the words "Black. Maybe I'll be spared."

In 2012, hundreds participated in the Million Hoodie March in NYC. The march was organized in memory of Trayvon Martin, whose death ignited national debate over issues of racial profiling. (Image courtesy of PictureNewYorkLG on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


MIT Course Number

24.236 / 24.636

As Taught In

Fall 2014


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Courses in the Topics in Social Theory and Practice series feature in-depth considerations of such topics with reflections on their implications for social change.

The topic for Fall 2014 is race and racism. We will consider a variety of arguments for and against the biological and / or social "reality" of race—taking into account purported races other than those defined by the black / white binary and the intersection of race with other social categories. We will then consider a number of accounts of racism, contemporary manifestations of racism, and potential counter-measures.

Sally Haslanger. 24.236 Topics in Social Theory and Practice: Race and Racism, Fall 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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