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PHI (Philosophy)
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Philosophy of Race
Philosophy of Race
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Stephen C. Ferguson II
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535NoOne section of 35
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PHILBAPhilosophy-BAElective
16IDSAFSCInterdisciplinary Studies - BA Sub-Plan Africana Studies Com Stud ConcElective
16IDSAFSInterdisciplinary Studies - BA Sub-Plan Africana Studies ConcentrationElective
16PHILETHPhilosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosphy Ethics ConcentrationElective
16PHILLAWPhilosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy of Law concentrationElective
16PHILBSPhilosophy-BSElective
16PHILLOGPhilosophy-BS Sub-Plan Logic, Representation and ReasonElective
16ASMMinor in Africana StudiesElective
16PHMMinor in PhilosophyElective
Fundamental philosophical questions raised by the concept of race, such as whether race is a legitimate category for identifying human beings, and whether the category of race reinforces racism.

This course fills a noteworthy gap in the curriculum as its central topic - analysis of the concept of race - has been addressed at most as a limited component in a small number of courses in other departments or divisions. The central topic warrants extended, focused attention and the course can make a useful contribution to the GEP-US Diversity category. Professor Ferguson was hired with the partial aim of providing a regular course offering on this important topic.


Consults were sought from IDS/Africana Studies and (perhaps over-cautiously) from any department teaching a course cross-listed with Africana Studies that could conceivably have any overlap with this proposed course (i.e., Sociology/Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, English, Social Work, History). As summarized in an attachment, all responses were positive; none saw any problematic overlap.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
US Diversity
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
By the end of the course, students will be able to present and explain philosophical accounts of such goods as liberty, equality, justice, and democracy which are fundamental to the human experience.
 
 
Article summaries, essay questions on the homework assignments, the paper and the final exam. Ex.: “Present and explain Appiah’s argument from illusion. What is McClendon’s critique of Appiah’s argument? Is McClendon’s critique effective?”
 
 
By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and evaluate the arguments offered by the philosophers we study in this course.
 
 
Article summaries, essay questions on the homework assignments, the paper and the final exam. Exs.: “How and why does Ian Hacking argue against social constructivism?”; “How and why does Leibniz argue for human diversity?”
 
 
By the end of the course, students will be able to develop their own philosophical arguments about the nature and meaning of race and racism.
 
 
Article summaries, essay questions on the homework assignments, the paper and the final exam. Exs.: “Is ‘race talk’ unavoidable?”, “Is the concept of race a myth or illusion?”, “Does the use of racial categories exacerbate racism?”
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 
Students will be able to identify the historicity of the contemporary concept of race, as that concept is shaped by specific cultural and societal forces.
 
 
Article summaries, essay questions on the homework assignments, the paper and the final exam. Ex.: “Does Hegel go too far in insisting on the historicity of all concepts? Does this vitiate any Hegelian analysis of the concept of race?”
 
 

 
 

 
 
Students will be able to identify and analyze ways in which the normativity of racial classification affects the evaluations of social actions of those so-classified.
 
 
Article summaries, essay questions on the homework assignments, the paper and the final exam. Ex.: “In what way does the normative nature of racial classifications affect the meaning of the slogans, ‘Black lives matter,’ ‘White lives matter,’ and ‘All lives matter’? Given the normative facts about the racial classifications black and white, could the third slogan mean _simply_ ‘all black and all white lives matter’ or is the interpretation a more complex matter? If so, how?”
 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
NA
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Justin E. H. Smith, Nature, Human Nature and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy (Princeton, 2015) paperback $24.95 New ISBN: 9780691176345

Other readings are listed in syllabus Schedule, and will be available at https://reserves.lib.ncsu.edu/ or at the URLs listed in the syllabus.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached syllabus for detail.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesBlair L M Kelley, IDSWe sought comments from IDS/Africana Studies on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race. The course is being suggested as an elective for two major sub-plans and the Africana Studies minor; if acceptable, this would save IDS some paperwork.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesCraig Brookins, IDS/Africana StudiesWe sought comments from IDS/Africana Studies on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race. The course is being suggested as an elective for two major sub-plans and the Africana Studies minor; if acceptable, this would save IDS some paperwork.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesD. Troy Case, Sociology & AnthropologyAt Professor Bookins' suggestion, we sought comments from Sociology & Anthropology on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesJason Miller, EnglishWe sought comments from English on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesWilliam Kimler, HistoryWe sought comments from History on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesAdam Meade & Craig Bookins, PsychologyWe sought comments from Psychology on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesSteven Greene, Political ScienceWe sought comments from Political Science on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
College of Humanities and Social SciencesNatalie Ames, Social WorkWe sought comments from Social Work on the proposed course, Philosophy of Race.
This will be a standard part of Professor Ferguson's teaching load. In part, he was hired to create and teach this course.

Objective 1: To become familiar with recent philosophical work on the nature and meaning of race and by extension racism.


Objective 2: To become aware of the specifics of recent philosophical disagreements over the concept of race.


Objective 3: To discover the metaphysical and normative dimensions of race, and their material significance for contemporary societies.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Present and explain philosophical work on the nature and meaning of race and by extension racism.

2. Evaluate the positions in disagreements over the concept of race.

3. Identify both metaphysical and normative dimensions of race and to explain how each dimension shapes the material significance of race for contemporary societies.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation5See syllabus
Written Assignment20Article summaries - 4 @ 425 words
Homework206 sets of short essay questions
Short Paper20~1700 words
Final Exam35take home, longer essays
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
The Invention of the Idea of Race as a Biological Kind3 wkssee syllabus for readings and assignments
Concepts of Race1 wksee syllabus for readings and assignments
The Problem of Race1 wksee syllabus for readings and assignments
The Illusion of Race?1.5 wkssee syllabus for readings and assignments
Philosophy of Race2 wkssee syllabus for readings and assignments
Philosophy of Race and the Material Problem of Racism3 wkssee syllabus for readings and assignments
Marxism, Philosophy of Race and the Material Problem of Racism3.5 wksee syllabus for readings and assignments
Retrospective and Prospective1 wksee syllabus for readings and assignments

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