University of Utah
Spring 2000

Whiteness Theory and Education

Short Paper Topics

This paper should be 5 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. You need to be concise but also specific. Do not write in general or sweeping terms: essays that are framed in generic terms and that do not make use of the arguments in the readings (whether as support for the essay or as a foil for the essay) will be returned and must be rewritten. Each essay should address at least three of the readings and must engage the readings in some depth and detail. All written work should not only demonstrate an understanding of class discussion and of the specific texts used in the course, but should also bring to bear students’ own perspectives and insights.
 
  1.  According to materialist and combined materialist/discursive analyses of whiteness, what are the main causes of continuing patterns of racism in U. S. society? What would seem to be the solutions recommended or implied by these theorists, and how might education support these avenues for change?
  2. According to discursive and combined materialist/discursive analyses of whiteness, what are the main causes of continuing patterns of racism in U. S. society? What would seem to be the solutions recommended or implied by these theorists, and how might education support these avenues for change?
  3. According to psychologically oriented analyses of whiteness, what are the main causes of continuing patterns of racism in U. S. society? What would seem to be the solutions recommended or implied by these theorists, and how might education support these avenues for change?
  4. Why and how is a historical understanding of the construction of whiteness indispensable to addressing racism today?
  5. Drawing on the readings and discussions regarding materialist constructions of whiteness, describe how you think such social constructions have informed and organized education — including the curriculum, child-centered and/or didactic pedagogy, and institutionalized educational conditions.
  6. Drawing on the readings and discussions regarding discursive constructions of whiteness, describe how you think such social constructions have informed and organized education — including the curriculum, child-centered and/or didactic pedagogy, and institutionalized educational conditions.
  7. Drawing on the readings and discussions regarding psychological constructions of whiteness, describe how you think such social constructions have informed and organized education — including the curriculum, child-centered and/or didactic pedagogy, and institutionalized educational conditions.


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