Critical Race Theory in Education

Tu 1:00PM - 3:40PM / 5404 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 29844
Critical race theory is a movement originally developed in the mid-1970s primarily by African American, Latino, and Asian American legal scholars disenchanted with legal analysis and civil rights legislation as they related to race, racism, and power in American society. Over the past 40 years, critical race theory (CRT) has embraced other disciplines, such as education, and ethnic movements to create an interdisciplinary anthology of analytic constructs that illuminate the racial inequalities and power struggles that occur in various aspects of society, investigate the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, and seek remedies to combat these social inequalities.
This course will explore the historical development of CRT from its origins in Critical Legal Studies through the more recent frameworks established in education, including the intersections with LatCrit Theory, AsianCrit, QueerCrit, TribalCrit and Critical Race Feminism. This course will allow students to examine CRT as an analytical framework that provides race-based epistemological, methodological and pedagogical approaches to the study of everyday inequalities in P-20 education, and to explore contemporary racial scholarship. By the conclusion of this course, students should have a basic understanding of CRT as a theoretical framework as well as its utility, limitations, and application in research, policy and practice.

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Dana Thompson Dorsey

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Category A: Text and Theory

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