About GEOG 060 A

Examination of the ways in which spatial and locational processes shape and are shaped by ethnic and racial identities, struggles, and relationships.


Open to Degree and CDE students; Cross listed with CRES 096 C; Total combined enrollment: 120

Section Description

Survey of the ways in which spatial processes and patterns reflect and shape racialized and ethnic identities in the U.S. Special attention will be paid to schemes of spatial restriction and to the roles of both mobility and place in racial and ethnic minorities' struggles for the power to define geographies of everyday life. Course will include text, readings, and films. This course fulfills a D1 general education diversity requirement for UVM and is designed to promote an understanding of: • Race and racism in the US • The meaning of power and privilege • The importance and impact of diversity and multiculturalism in US society

Section Expectation

In this course, we will focus on the social construction of race and ethnicity and on the ways in which such ideologies have shaped spatial patterns in both the past and present. We will pay particular attention to issues including mobility, migration, urban form, spatial demographics, and borders. We will draw on various case studies and historical accounts to understand these identities, struggles and constructions. At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to better understand: • The nature, historical patterns, and demographics of American society in terms of race, ethnicity and spatial processes • Knowledge of the origins and systemic nature of prejudice, discrimination and oppression that has been directed toward people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and how this has played out in geographical terms • An understanding of the current experiences and issues in the United States of different racial groups (including discrimination in all forms, life experiences of racial groups and white privilege), as they relate to space and place


Reading Quizzes (26, 1% each/day) 26% Reading Journals (x 4, see schedule) 20% Discussion Board (12, 2% each) 24% Paper #1 15% Paper #2 15%

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L108 (View Campus Map)


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