AAS201: Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (Spring 2013, CSUN)


AAS201: Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (Spring 2013, CSUN)


This is the syllabus for AAS 201, an undergraduate course taught Spring 2013 at CSU-Northridge by Dr. Gina Masequesmay.

Catalog Course Description
Introduction to the process of critical thinking through the lens of race-based theories and selected historical and contemporary discourse of African-Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, and Latinos on race relations and multiculturalism in American society. Examines contemporary social issues through the use of scholarly studies and a range of cultural “texts” in order to explore the effects of race and racism on the relationship between language and logic, processes and form of reasoning, and practices of critical reflection. Also examines intersection of race, gender, and class. (Available for General Education Section A2, Critical Thinking of Basic Skills)

Instructor’s Course Description
This course teaches students to critically examine race and racism, including their conceptualizations and impacts on society. This course takes the position that race, gender, class and sexuality are socially constructed and applies this constructionist perspective on examining race relations in the US, and, when possible, focusing on the experiences of Asian Pacific Americans. The purpose of the course is to teach students to read, think and write critically by exposing them to a selection of race relation topics. Students will learn about critical perspectives on “race.” Students are required to work in groups during class discussions of assignments to facilitate and enhance their comprehension of class materials. Active participation is crucial to build within each student confidence on public speaking, critical thinking, writing and reading skills. Writing assignments, short exams and a final exam are given to assess students’ overall comprehension of the class. This course provides a lot of critical reading and writing assignments as it fulfills the General Education, Critical Reasoning, Basic Subjects requirement.

Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of GE Section A.1 (Composition) and GE section A.3 (Math).


Critical Race Theory


Gina Masequesmay






United States of America

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Gina Masequesmay, “AAS201: Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (Spring 2013, CSUN),” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed July 4, 2022, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/38.