FYS 101 Race in Dictatorships & Democracies

This seminar will examine how several nations have experimented with dictatorship, democracy, and other forms of government in between. In light of the Common Reading, special attention will be paid to race and ethnicity in both democratic and dictatorial settings. While examining the transition from fascism to democracy in Germany, the course will also explore other alternatives to authoritarianism that emerged in Russia, Rwanda, and Iran. The tensions of racial inequality in democratic states like the United States and France will also be discussed. Combining history, literature, current events, and vast amounts of data from digital sources, this course will encourage civic engagement and global understanding while also developing the skill areas of the First Year Seminar.