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Psych/PS: In the Castle of My Skin

European Psychology, Politics and Race After Empire POLS4444 and PSYC4444

  • London, Paris

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Preferred Majors for this Course: Psychology, Political Science, International Relations, Pre-Law, English, History, Sociology, Social Work, Mass Communications You know some of our story already. How throughout the 19th century and much of the 20th, European countries competed with each other to fly their flags over all the world they could conquer. And then how World War Two hastened the break-up of imperialism (and the cultural and human genocides that were its chief products). What you likely know less well are the terms according to which a brutal discourse on race adapted to the end of empire, rooting itself all around the lived experience of communities of color who came to live all over Europe after 1945. The Castle of My Skin is an immersive and interdisciplinary exploration of what that discourse was and how it worked in London and Paris. From high-cultural troves like the British Museum and the Louvre to the storied streets of "little Jamaica" in Notting Hill, we'll walk the knotted landscapes of two massively important European capitals where battles over racial injustice are still being fought today. Along the way, we'll explore the knotted psychological geographies, political ideologies, police practices and legal codifications that defined how communities of color have responded to issues of international law, systems of surveillance, police brutality and rising global calls for social justice and acts of reconciliation. While we also critically assess the psychological coping systems within communities of color that have allowed for survival first and then connection, success, joy and hope. Using powerful stories of destruction and resilience to guide our course, we'll ask hard questions in both cities about what state-sponsored racism and brutal police tactics have done to insure that the menacing shadows of colonial authority are neither gone nor forgotten. Two professors will teach this course. (Dr. Darren Bernal, Psychology and Dr. Moira Lynch, Political Science/International Relations created this course and will team-teach it.) Students will receive 3 in POLS4444 or PSYC4444, pending final APSU approval. (Note: All Catalyst courses meet for 54 hours of contact, so if your university runs its courses on a 4 hour format instead of a three hour one this course may be able to count for 4 hours. You should consult with your advisor.)

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