This course is discontinued

ENG2571 – Race and Racism in the United States

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Course content

This course gives an understanding of the history of race and racism in the United States, both as a set of ideas and an institutional system. We will focus on how definitions of race have changed over time, as well as contemporary discussions of race as ethnic identity, and the political results of each.

Learning outcome

Students will gain an understanding of the historical development of race and racism in the United States and develop their abilities to analyze and communicate historical information on sensitive matters, with clarity and maturity, paying attention to their own and other’s biases.


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

It is recommended to have taken at least 10 study points in a HF- or SV-subject.

Overlapping courses

This course overlaps with NORAM4571 – Race and Racism in the United States (discontinued).


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. 85% attendance is required. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments (see below) and otherwise study on their own.


Students must turn in an essay of 5 standard pages (ca. 11,500 bytes) by a stated deadline during the semester. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The evaluation is based on a four-hour written exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks of the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course




Autumn 2008

Autumn 2006


Autumn 2008

Autumn 2006

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