Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

CSCRE Courses

CSCR 10100 - Introduction to Multicultural Studies 1 LA SS

Designed to increase students' awareness of cultural diversity and to acquaint them with multiculturalism as a contemporary social phenomenon. The course described characteristics of our culture and society that have led to intolerance and ethnic prejudices, characteristics that impede people's understanding and appreciation of diversity. Students are introduced to basic concepts, competing theories, and current controversies related to multiculturalism in our society as well as others. This course is cross-listed with SOCI 11600.

CSCR 10600 - Introduction to African Diaspora Studies 1 G LA SS

Introductory survey of the major topics and methodologies involved in studying the roots and routes of the African diaspora. Investigation of the physical and cultural movements between Africa and the Americas. Topics include the prominence of Africa in global history; the movement of African people (both voluntary and forced migrations); the enslavement of African peoples in the Americas; cultural aesthetics and identities; colonialism; and resistance. Employs an interdisciplinary approach drawing from disciplines in history, politics, cultural studies, social policy, and sociology. Prerequisites: None. 3 credits (F-S,Y)

CSCR 10700 - Introduction to Latino/a Studies HU LA

This interdisciplinary course explores the varied experiences of Latinos/as in the United States, past and present. Drawing from the disciplines of history, anthropology, literature, women's studies, and ethnic studies, it examines the historical roots of Latino/a, Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American, Central, and South American peoples. In particular, it will focus on notions of family, gender, class, race, political economy, language, and sexual identity in relation to public policy and Latino/as' struggles for place and power. Its approach is historical and comparative and it emphasizes the multiplicity of Latino/a experiences as well as the strategic deployment of the term Latino/a. Prerequisites: None. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

CSCR 12000 - U.S. Civil Rights Seminar LA SS

The primary goal of the course is to introduce students to the history, philosophies, and practices of the civil rights movement in the United States, with a particular focus on the work and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. By utilizing readings, class discussions, and a visit to significant historical landmarks of the movement, students will develop an understanding of the differing approaches to social change and their strategic use within different parts of the modern day civil rights era. In addition, students will build an academic foundation for the required civil rights tour to be held during fall break. The seminar is open to Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program participants only. For more information scholars should review the program requirements. Prerequisites: None. 1 Credit. (F, Y)

CSCR 22000 - Case Studies in Global Justice LA SS

This seminar will introduce students in the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program to the study of social justice in an international and comparative context. In general the seminar is designed to engage scholars in analysis, discussion, writing, and action that will contribute to the development of global citizens who have the skills, perspectives, and motivation to work effectively for social justice. Each seminar will examine a particular case study while utilizing the work of Martin Luther King Jr. The seminar also provides the academic framework that explores the nexus between race, migration, and social justice. Through both individual and group work students will work to draw conclusions and life lessons from their international research and experiences. This seminar may be taken for 0 or 1 credit and is open to Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program participants only. For more information scholars should review the program requirements. Prerequisites: CSCR 12000. 0-1 credit. (F, Y)

CSCR 23700 - History and the U.S. Mexico Borderlands HU LA

This course examines the history and meanings of the unique region of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands characterized by dramatic contrasts in culture, wealth, and power through an interrogation of the analytical frameworks and paradigms that interpret the borderlands as place, process, and metaphor. The border experience reflects a long history of conflict marked by settler colonialism, international competition, economic exploitation, and state-sponsored repression. It also marks a line of persistent resistance by indigenous and immigrant populations against strategies of manifest destiny, colonial domination, racial discrimination, and xenophobia. The primary focus will be on human rights, economic development, globalization, immigration, border militarization, and "post-911" U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canadian borders. Prerequisites: CSCR 10700 Introduction to Latino/a Studies and one additional course in the liberal arts. 3 credits. (F,Y)

CSCR 25000 - Hip-Hop Cultures 1 H LA SS

Examines the historical, political, racial, economic, and social importance of hip-hop as a cultural movement. Particular attention is given to hip-hop's main tenets (writ'ing, b-boy'ing, dj'ing, and mc'ing); the political economy of racialized representations; and the legacy/agency of cultural expressions. Prerequisites: One course in the liberal arts or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
(F,Y)

CSCR 32400 - Critical Race Theories in the United States LA SS

Explores the realities and consequences of using "race" as a category of analysis/identity in the United States as well as the foundations and assumptions of critical race theory. Includes the study of racism, history of racial formations, racial identities, social constructs, the black-white binary, whiteness, and critical race theory. Prerequisites: Two courses in the liberal arts or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

CSCR 37400 - Latino/a Social Movements HU LA

This course focuses on the historical relationships between Latino/as and other racial/ethnic groups in the US and Latin America with special emphasis on social movements and local grassroots efforts for social justice from post-WWII to the present. Central theoretical questions will revolve around the multi-ethnic alliances and the relationship between civil and human rights, social movements, and state repression. In particular, the course will explore polycultural connections between Chicanos/as and Puerto Ricans and African Americans, American Indians and Latinos/as, as well as Afro-Asian, Latino-Asian, and Anglo-Latino/as. Prerequisites: CSCR 10700 Introduction to Latino/a Studies and two additional courses in the Liberal Arts. 3 credits.
(S,Y)

CSCR 43300 - Education, Oppression, and Liberation 1 G LA SS

"Interrogates the educational experiences of oppressed people in the African Diaspora. A historical overview of the schools, pedagogies and curriculums developed for Black/Brown students including the political, social, economics and cultural manifestations of "Black education". Additionally, the course examines how educational institutions have been, and can be, used for individual, group and global liberation. Prerequisites: Three courses in the liberal arts or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F)

CSCR 47800 - Las Americas: Globalizing Latino/a Studies HU LA

This course historicizes economic, political, and cultural processes in the Americas during the 20th century by focusing on U.S. Latinos/as in relation to globalization. The primary emphasis will be on transnational social movements, migration and borders; state formation and international organizations; human rights; labor organizing; counterinsurgency; and regional, non-U.S. centered, inter-American relationships. This is a capstone course designed as a discussion/reading/research-intensive seminar. Prerequisites: CSCR 37400. 3 credits. (S,Y)