Race, Class, and Intelligence in America
Limited Enrollment: Pre-selection Course Preference form
H. F. Taylor
Description/Objectives: The course explores relationships among
race, class, and intelligence measurement. The history and measurement of
intelligence are analyzed. Historical and contemporary conceptualizations
of race, ethnicity, and social class in America, including gender
inequality, are examined. The "nature vs. nurture" IQ heritability
controversy is given thorough examination, as are analyses of works such
as "The Bell Curve". Attention is given to the educational system in
America, expectancy and labeling effects, and public policy.
Sample Reading List:
- Andersen and Hill-Collins, 'Race, Class, and Gender'
- Gould, 'The Mismeasure of Man'
- Herrnstein, 'IQ in the Meritocracy'
- Herrnstein & Murray, 'The Bell Curve'
- Taylor, 'The IQ Game'
- Taylor, 'The Myth of the Separated Twins'
Reading/Writing Assignments: Equivalent of 3-5 chaps. or journal -
length articles per week. One essay mid-term exam; one term paper.
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Paper in Lieu of Final 50%
- Class/Precepts Participation 10%
- Oral Presentation(s) 10%
Limitations: Maximum enrollment: 15.