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190117 SE WM-M14 Bildung und Gender (2017S)

The Skin you're in: -at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class and Skin Color

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 19 - Bildungswissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

This course will focus on the intersecting nature of identity markers such as race, gender, class, and skin color in U.S. society and beyond. Overall, the class will study discourses of privilege and prejudice as (re)presented in a variety of media outlets, with a specific focus on the significance of skin color for Black women. Colorism, which is a form of intra-racial discrimination that generally favors light skin over dark skin and adheres to white beauty ideals, is a global phenomenon. It is particularly prominent in the African American community, however, where it is seen as a legacy of slavery, having resulted from an internalization of white dominant standards of beauty. In addition to reading selected fiction of African American literature (such as Toni Morrison’s novel 'The Bluest Eye') students will critically work with foundational texts on “intersectionality theory” and Black feminist thought to understand the now common concept of intersecting factors that play a role in domination and oppression of social groups. With the help of these texts, the relationship among a series of identity categories will be studied. Based on this awareness students will learn about colorism as a specific form of prejudice within a racial or ethnic community and how discourses of skin color are influenced by gender and class. The knowledge gained from such analyses will then be used to look at intersecting identities in different geographical contexts, such as Austria and Germany. This will help course participants gain an understanding of race, gender, class, and skin color in contemporary educational contexts and in the students’ immediate social surroundings.



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

This class is taught on a block schedule on only 4 days. Even though our first face-to-face meeting is not until June 10, 2017, you will be asked to start working for this class on Moodle in the months before, which is an essential part of your participation grade. Details will be announced by the end of March (please make sure to check your university emails and the Moodle platform for this class).

Freitag 09.06. 13:15 - 20:00 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Samstag 10.06. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Freitag 30.06. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Samstag 01.07. 09:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Students will become acquainted with relevant aspects of colorism in African American history, starting with the phenomenon of "passing" in the era of slavery onward, to the emphasis on "Black is Beautiful" during the 1960s, to the concepts of "color blindness" and "post-racialism" in the age of Obama. Using examples from literature, film, television, print, and digital media, students will learn to understand concepts such as self-internalized racism, beauty as "social capital," and "double consciousness," a term coined by the influential Black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. Moreover, students will learn to look critically at Eurocentric standards of female beauty and the prevalence of such standards present to this very day. At the same time, students will engage in analyzing the commodification of beauty in the realm of U.S. capitalism; all while questioning their own status as related to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and color.

The methodology of this course is based on critical pedagogy. In addition to hearing short lecture inputs from the instructor, which will explain and contextualize relevant theories and historical time periods, students are expected to actively participate in class dialogue. This includes preparing the assigned readings in advance as well as working on a research project on course topics of their choice. Students are encouraged to keep a journal which will help them to come to terms with their own experiences and observations inside and outside the classroom that are informed by the intersections of various identity categories. The class will also employ Moodle to facilitate blended learning.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Your grade in this course will be based upon the following activities:
30 % In-Class Work (active participation in class and on Moodle)
20 % Reflection Paper
10 % Mini-Presentation/Lesson Plan
40 % Final Paper or In-Class Essay (to be determined)



Readings and videos will be made available through Blackboard with the exception of the novel 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison. This book needs to be purchased by each course participant and brought to class on the day it is discussed.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:37