The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a one-week intensive short course on Race and identity.
Course date: 9 - 12 April 2018
Venue: Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus
Course Brochure Programme
Download the Race and Common Citizenship in a South African context brochure
Download the Race and Common Citizenship in a South African context course programme
About the course
The course will explore race and its relevance today in South Africa.
It will interrogate race in its various dimensions, and will include presentations on the following topics:
- the construction of race and racial identities in a South African historical context;
- the concepts of racialisation and racism;
- the intersection between race and social, economic and political marginalisation and exclusion;
- the intersection between race and other associational or identity categories such as disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, and sexuality; and
- the place of law and human rights in promoting racial equality.
More specifically, the course seeks to:
- explore race and racial identities as historically contingent social and political formations that have material implications;
- explore the concept of racialisation including the parts played by the state and social actors in racialising social relations;
- explore the concept of racism and the explanations for its social, political economic reproduction;
- explore the connections between race and social, political and economic exclusion;
- explore the intersectionalities between race and other identities or associational categories such as disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, and sexuality;
- provide participants with a range of legal and human rights approaches for addressing racism and promoting racial equality and common citizenship.
On completing the course, particpants will be able to:
- discuss theories of racial formation and identities and apply them to South Africa;
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of the state and social actors in the racialisation of social, economic and political lives of societies;
- explain the relationship between racism and social, economic, political, and economic exclusion;
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the relationship between racial identities and other social identities such as disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, and sexuality;
- demonstrate understanding and application of legal and human rights tools for addressing racism and promoting racial equality and common citizenship.
The course fee is ZAR 3 000 (US $ 450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course.
The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
Participants must arrange and fund their own transport and accommodation.
A maximum of 30 students are admitted per year and admission is competitive.
Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a partial scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating why they require financial assistance.
Applicants must also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admission in the event that they are not granted a partial scholarship.
Applicants are required to apply online for this course.
Deadline for applications:
Local applicants: 26 March 2018
International applicants: 12 March 2018
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