AAST 406: 
​politics of race,
gender & class


Course Description

This course will discuss the formation of social status categories, individual and collective identity construction, the mechanisms of group-based marginalization and stigmatization; as well as relationship between social status categories.

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Roderick Ferguson
Professor of African American Studies & Gender and
Women's Studies

Contact Info

Office: 1221 UH
Email: rfergus@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

The definition for black studies that I use comes from CLR James. When the question was put to him he said black studies was a critique of western civilization. I like that definition because it captures just how broad the topic of black studies is. History of empires, slavery, industrialization, post and neoliberalism. It really captures the global aspects of the field. It means assessing the ways in which not only race and class, but gender and sexuality, play in the critique of western civilization.

Course Information

3 or 4 hours. Same as GWS 406.
3 undergraduate hours.
4 graduate hours.
Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 
or GWS 102 or GWS 101;
or graduate or
professional standing;
or consent of the instructor.

Requirements Met

Elective course


Black Queer & Feminist Studies
Race, Politics & Institutions

When is it Offered?

Spring Semester