Course Description

Often people cannot distinguish between race, racial identity and ethnicity. In this course, we explore the path toward race and ethnic identity development. We also provide students with the tools and skills to understand how to develop a positive racial identity. Students are provided with an opportunity to learn about what it means to be a Black man in America and how to identify and classify racial stereotypes.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Race and Ethnicity
  • Week 2: Race & Ethnic Identity Development
  • Week 3: Redefining Race & Ethnicity for Self
  • Week 4: Becoming Racially & Ethnically Conscious

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between race, racial identity and ethnicity
  • Assess how they interact with others in the context of race, racial identity and ethnicity
  • Identify social norms and labels as they relate to interactions between racial groups
  • Use tools and skills to demonstrate their understanding of what it means to be a Black man in America


Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Moodle. Course materials are provided unless listed otherwise. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. Not recommended for iPad-only access. Internet Explorer does not support Moodle and is not recommended. Students are asked to login into online environment using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. YouTube videos might not display on Opera or Internet Explorer. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player.

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Section Title
Thriving in America as an Ethnically and Racially Conscious Person
Start Now, you have 28 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (1 units) $200.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Epoch Education

Course is self-paced. Completion time: 4 weeks.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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