University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Hillary Potter


Race, Class, Gender & Crime

ETHN 3044.001 / SOCY 3044.001 / WGST 3044.001

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30pm-1:45pm

Museum Collections (MCOL) E155

This course focuses on issues of race, class, gender, and other social identities and statuses regarding crime in the United States. We address how racism, classism, genderism/sexism, and other forms of bias and discrimination operate and intersect in the criminal legal system. We explore offending and victimization and legal system employment in terms of race, class, gender, and other social identities and statuses. The course is designed to give the student a solid understanding of some of the flaws in the current criminal legal system, and the raced, classed, and gendered aspects of processing acts deemed as crimes, including the legal and extralegal punishments of persons charged with criminal offenses and the responses to victims. 

​Theory, Methods & Writing in Ethnic Studies
ETHN 3501.001
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:15pm
Museum Collections (MCOL) E155

This course is a preparation for empirical inquiry in Ethnic Studies, providing a comprehensive introduction to foundational research theories (epistemologies), research methodologies and methods, and research proposal writing. Because the discipline of Ethnic Studies was born out of and is dedicated to social justice for all people, the focus of this course will be on research for social justice. Orthodox western epistemologies will be juxtaposed with Indigenous and Critical epistemologies. Furthermore, although there is a range in “ways of knowing,” this course will place emphasis on qualitative, activist, and community-based methods of inquiry typically utilized in research in social science, cultural studies, and the humanities. Due to the demands and necessity of spending significant time to develop and conduct this form of research, students will not conduct empirical (“first-hand”) research. Instead, upon learning about methods and theory to conduct social and cultural research, students will design a research project and write a research project proposal (whether a simulated project, or one that can be implemented in future undergraduate or graduate theses or course projects).

Fall 2017