Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Students will learn what causes bias motivated violence in schools and communities, how to develop effective prevention strategies, how to reduce police violence toward traditionally targeted groups, and why hate crimes have such destructive impacts on individuals and communities. The course will focus on hate crimes and police and community response in the US and in Europe. The students will examine their own ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious identities as victims and/or perpetrators of bias and violence. The course will examine bias and violence in Europe toward traditionally targeted groups such as LGBTQ, Muslim, Jewish, migrant and Roma people. Finally, the course will examine approaches to reducing bias motivated violence by police toward groups such as blacks, Muslims, and Roma. Students will be evaluated based on short written responses to readings, in-class discussion, two papers and a final project. The final project will explore some aspect of bias motivated violence through persuasive writing, fiction, poetry, art, photography/film, advocacy or interviews. Course readings will include scholarly writing, reports from human rights NGOs, first person accounts, and one novel. Class sessions will involve discussions led by me and at times by students, small group discussions between students and occasional guest presenters. The class will travel to Portland or Lewiston to meet with refugees from places in which bias motivated violence has been significant.



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