Philadelphia Experience

All Majors & Minors

Race and Ethnicity in Philadelphia

IDS–110
Roger Florka

Course Description

A multi-disciplinary course that explores race and ethnicity in Philadelphia. Its history, politics, economics, literature, geography, sociology, religious diversity, and so on.

How the course will function. Since the student participants will come from a variety of disciplines, they can be expected to bring some knowledge of the methodologies and resources of those disciplines—or at least some idea about who seek out to help them. The students will act as a team, working together to find the relevant “texts” and figure out how to use them, extracting the information they deem important. In effect, they will create the syllabus for the course as the course develops. With light-handed guidance from the instructor.

Credit

This would be a 4-credit course.

Some departments/programs—for example, PSJ, AAAS, History, and ANTHRO/SOC—might decide that this course fulfills a major credit, especially since the final big project would, if possible, be done from the perspective of each student’s major field.

“Texts”

Its “texts” will include books and other traditional written works, online sites, people, neighborhoods, museums, institutions and organizations, architecture, and so on. Anything that gives students access to and information about Philly’s history, politics, etc. It will be the students’ job to find these “texts.”

Graded work

Students will graded on …

  • Their contribution to finding texts and helping produce an “annotated biography” (suited to the kinds of texts they find)
  • Regular pieces of written work that explore, analyze, explain, and evaluate the various “texts”
  • Traditional oral presentations on some part of the collective project that especially interests them
  • (Possibly) other kinds of presentation—video, art, music, spoken word, dance, and so on
  • A final project, if possible from the perspective of the student’s major, yet taking on different kinds of “texts” and, if possible, linking it to their internship
  • Students will know some salient elements of the history, politics, economics (etc.) of race and ethnicity in Philly
  • Students will be able to locate, analyze, and evaluate—in writing and orally, in various forms—“texts” relevant to race and ethnicity in Philly

Learning Goals

  • Students will know some salient elements of the history, politics, economics (etc.) of race and ethnicity in Philly
  • Students will be able to locate, analyze, and evaluate—in writing and orally, in various forms—“texts” relevant to race and ethnicity in Philly
  • Students will be able to work together as a team to find and evaluate information