Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

Racial inequality and capital exploitation touch all facets of society from our schooling system to the Prison Industrial Complex. Historically, capitalist development via the Division of Labour has been framed as the great modernizer of society and, as a result, we have under- examined – and in some cases completely ignored – the presence and permanence of racialization in the production of a capitalist ethos and world order. In this course, we examine racialization and capitalism as a unified project that co-constructs systemic and systematic relations and (re)productions of gross inequality both locally and abroad. The relationship between capitalism and racialization is not one that can be understood independently, but as a merger; two world systems colliding to ignite a divided reality, especially for society's most marginalized populations. This course is a new elective for the sociology major, counts toward the social science (SS) and power, privilege, and diversity (PPD) requirements, and is cross- listed in the AFST department.

Student Outcomes

Students will be able to: o Define and understand key terms like racialization, capitalism, the Division of Labour, and racial capitalism o You will be able to differentiate these terms while understanding key connections among these terms o Understand the role of racial capitalism in the creation and perpetuation of contemporary social problems and inequalities o Draw connections between the course material and your own lived experiences with race and class o Develop a toolkit that can help alleviate racial capitalism and its lingering effect on society