Political Science Education and the Profession

Using a “Teaching Tolerance” Learning Plan in the Political Science Classroom

Michelle Gardner University of California, Irvine


Using the concept of racial capitalism, as well as several articles focusing on racism and the global environmental crisis both spurred by capitalism, I attempt to have students link materials from an introductory political science class on race and ethnicity politics via a “Teaching Tolerance” Learning Plan. “Teaching Tolerance” is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center dedicated to critical race consciousness in K-12 classroom, but I make use of the learning plan in the university classroom as a means of increasing racial consciousness amongst university students and teaching them how to connect sociopolitical racial histories to the concept of racial capitalism.

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