Interdisciplinary Studies

Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Courses

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 12300 - Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts LA SS

"Introduces students to key concepts in culture, race, and ethnicity studies. Drawing from cultural studies, comparative ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies, it investigates how racial and ethnic identity politics shape institutional and social policies, cultural expressions and aesthetics, and resistance movements. Particular attention will be paid to the ways communities of color have negotiated oppression, generated knowledge, and secured dignity and self-determination. 3 credits. (F-S, 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 24200 - Miscegenation and Racial Binaries LA SS

Introduction to the history, policies, laws, language, and cultural mores around interracial marriage and biracialness beyond racial binaries. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

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 and agency of cultural expressions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (Y)

CSCR 26100 - Watching Race in American Media HU LA

Explores how representations of racial and ethnic identities in U.S. film, television, and music influence the construction of political, racial, and gender identities nationally. Investigates how cultural representations of race, ethnicity, and gender are central to the development of U.S. mass culture and consumerism, nationalism, citizenship, and social movements. Particular attention is given to the role of black and Latino/a culture and music in developing strategies of resistance to oppression. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (Y)

CSCR 30700 - Race and Colonialism LA SS

This course engages colonialism as a set of racial and material practices that shaped the identities of the colonizers and the colonized as much as it did the global political economy. Three themes in particular will guide our engagement: the racial overtones and undertones of the colonial encounter, especially as embodied in the ideas of discovery, barbarism, and progress; the psychological dynamics of the relationship between the colonizers and the colonized; and the politics of oppression and liberation. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits. (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 and 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: Junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

CSCR 35000 - Selected Topics in Culture, Race and Ethnicity LA SS
CSCR 35001 - Selected Topics in Culture, Race and Ethnicity LA SS

"Selected topics in culture, race, and ethnicity will be considered with a narrow focus and considerable depth. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits (IRR).

CSCR 35100 - Race and Sexual Politics LA SS

Explores how dominant representations of racialized sexuality, femininity, and masculinity in U.S. culture and politics influence systems of inequality. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between constructions of race and sexual politics, social policy shifts in welfare reform, the prison industrial complex, and intimate justice. Focus on antiracist feminist resistance and reproductive justice. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

CSCR 35200 - Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy LA SS

"This course explores dominant definitions of crime, punishment, and democratic justice in the United States and their relationship to imprisonment. The course begins by examining the historical and ideological roots of the U.S. prison system from slavery to the convict lease system. Focusing on the post-civil rights era, we consider how deindustrialization, the war on drugs, and shifts in policing, welfare policy, sentencing laws, and global militarism have redefined notions of U.S. justice and democracy. The course is attentive to the ways the prison industrial complex disproportionately affects people of color. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits. (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.
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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, economic, 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. (IRR)

CSCR 43400 - Capstone Seminar in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity LA

"Capstone seminar drawing on the skills, knowledge, and concepts developed through previous coursework in the African diaspora or Latino/a studies minors. Designed to permit intensive examination and research of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. Prerequisites: CSCR 12300, one 200-level CSCR course, and one 300-level CSCR course. 3 credits. (Y)

CSCR 45000 - Selected Topics in Culture, Race and Ethnicity LA SS

"Selected topics in culture, race, and ethnicity will be considered with a narrow focus, in-depth analysis, and advanced research and writing. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: CSCR 12300, one 200-level CSCR course, and one 300-level CSCR course. 3 credits (IRR).

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)

CSCR 49800 - Internship: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity NLA

"The internship provides a structured intensive learning experience in an organization dedicated to research, planning, policymaking, or service provision in an area related to culture, race, and ethnicity. Supervision is provided by an on-site professional preceptor. Students are required to submit periodic written field reports, as well as a final internship experience report. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and permission of instructor. 1 to 6 credits. (F-S, Y)

CSCR 49900 - Independent Study: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity LA

"Intensive study of the theoretical and empirical relationships between culture, race, and ethnicity. These projects will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and will require a comprehensive research paper and/or project. A proposal for the topic and specific plans must be approved by the dean's office of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above, and permission of instructor. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)