Sep 23, 2021  
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Gender, Race, Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Social Change

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This pathway enables students to cultivate an appreciation of how diverse identities are lived, experienced, and analyzed. Courses in this pathway center gender, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, and social class as ways of knowing and as analytic approaches for understanding distinctions that human societies make and unmake over time. Gender is used as an analytic tool for critical thinking about such topics as studies of sex differences and sexualities; race and gender in science, engineering, or gaming; or studies of the environment, war and peace, and other social impacts. Racial-ethnic formation is similarly used as an analytical tool for visualizing intersecting inequalities; history of science, medicine, arts, and technology.

To complete this integrative pathway, students must choose a minimum of 12 credits as described:

Choose one of the following:

  • IHSS 1968 – Songs of Identity

  • IHSS 19XX – Race, Class, Gender, and Technology

  • IHSS 19XX – Sociology of Inequality

  • IHSS 19XX – Revolutions in Comparative Perspective 

  • IHSS 19XX – Technology and Social Interaction

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