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Course Description

In Faces at the Bottom of the Well, civil rights activist and legal scholar Derrick Bell uses allegory and historical example to argue that racism is an integral and permanent part of American society. African American struggles for equality are doomed to fail so long as the majority of whites do not see their own well-being threatened by the status quo. Bell calls on African Americans to face up to this unhappy truth and abandon a misplaced faith in inevitable progress. Only then will blacks, and those whites who join with them, be in a position to create viable strategies to alleviate the burdens of racism. “Freed of the stifling rigidity of relying unthinkingly on the slogan ‘we shall overcome,'” he writes, “we are impelled both to live each day more fully and to examine critically the actual effectiveness of traditional civil rights remedies.”

Notes

The online book studies are offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race, class and marginalized groups and who care deeply about social justice. Each book study addresses current issues in society and allow opportunities for participants to reflect, discuss and hear multiple perspectives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.

Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Thinkific, students will be automatically enrolled once payment is processed. Students must have access to a computer with highspeed Internet access. Not recommended for iPad-only access. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player.


 

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Section Title
Book Study: Faces at the Bottom of the Well
Type
self-paced
Dates
Start Now, you have 90 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (1 units) $210.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Instructors
Reading List / Textbook

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. Book by Derrick Bell.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Epoch Education.


Course is self-paced. Completion time: Up to 90 days from date of enrollment.


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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