PHIL 401 A: Advanced Topics In Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:00am - 11:20am
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José Mendoza
José Jorge Mendoza

Syllabus Description:

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a broad introductory survey of ideas, authors, and texts that have come to define the philosophy of race, critical race theory (CRT), and ethnic studies. This course will be broken down into ten weekly units. Each unit will have its own Canvas module and within each module students will find all of the Viewings, Readings, and Assignments for that week. In each of these units we will cover metaphysical questions about race (e.g., What is race? Do races exist? And if so, in what sense?); questions concerning racial identity (e.g., How should “we” define ourselves racially? What is the relationship between our race and ethnicity, race and class, race and gender, race and citizenship?) and ultimately questions about normative considerations (e.g., How should we understand racial discrimination, domination, and oppression and what does justice require that we do about this?).


Meeting Times

For Undergraduates, this class will meet synchronously over Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-11:20am (PST). These meetings are strongly encouraged but not required. For those who cannot join in real time, these lectures will be recorded and made available on Canvas's Panopto Recordings.


For Graduate Students, you are more than welcome (in fact you are encouraged) to join the Monday and Wednesday lectures, but we will have a separate synchronous Zoom meeting on Fridays from 10am-11:20am (PST). These meetings are also only strongly encouraged but not required.


Office Hours

Office hours will be held virtually over Zoom every Wednesday from 11:20am-1:20pm. If this time does not work for you, we can also set a time by appointment.


Zoom Info

Meeting ID: 992 9887 5091

Passcode: 2006


Catalog Description: 
A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
April 8, 2021 - 1:03pm