Courses

Fall 2016

COURSE SUPPLEMENTS FOR

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE, RACE, AND ETHNICITY

 

CSCR 10600-01, -02  Introduction To African Diaspora Studies 1 G, LA, SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: TBA  

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.  (F-S,Y)  

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 1:00 - 1:50 PM AND 2:00 - 2:50 PM MWF

CSCR 10700-01, -02  Introduction to Latino/A Studies H, HU, LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: TBA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. (F-S,Y)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 9:25 - 10:40 am AND 10:50 am - 12:05 pm TR

CSCR 10900-01, -02  Introduction to Native American Studies LA, SS
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: TBA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Offers an interdisciplinary survey and introduction to the field of Native American Studies. Focuses on how past and present Native American experiences both in the United States and with its colonial precursors have shaped this pan-ethnic group’s identity, cultures, political power, and ways of life. Examines approaches to Native American Studies and the way Native Americans have navigated their relationship to others historically and today. This is a cross-listed course; students cannot receive credit for both CSCR 10900 and ANTH 10900. (F-S, Y).

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 11:00 - 11:50 am AND 3:00 - 3:50 pm TR

CSCR 11000-01 Introduction to Asian American Studies Studies LA, SS
3 Credits                                                                                                                                                                                             INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Offers a critical introduction to Asian American Studies. Focuses on Asian migrations to the U.S., especially in response to labor demands in the 18th -21st centuries. Examines the ways these migrations and subsequent generations of Asian Americans have shaped the economy, racial hierarchies/power, notions of citizenship and cultural belonging, and movements for freedom and autonomy. Discusses the structure and systems of race in the United States as they apply to Asians within a broader context.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 10:00 – 10:50 am MWF

CSCR 12000-01 U.S. Civil Rights Seminar
1 Credit
INSTRUCTOR: TBA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 - 5:15 pm MW

CSCR 12300-01 Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 9:25 – 10:40 am TR

CSCR 14500-01, -02  Politics of Identity:  Race, Ethnicity, Culture
(ICC)-Humanities, Liberal Arts, (ICC)-Social Sciences, Theme: Identities, Theme: Power and Justice
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Asma Barlas                                                                                       

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the impact of race on both individual identities and on the life opportunities afforded to different racial groups in the United States. Focuses on understanding how identity and race are socially and politically constructed in order to devise an anti-racist politics that cuts across racial and cultural differences. Cross-listed with POLT 14500; students cannot take both POLT 14500 and CSCR 14500 for credit.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion based.
MEETING TIMES: 9:25 - 10:40 am AND 10:50 am - 12:05 pm TR

CSCR 22000-01 Case Studies in Global Justice
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 6:30 - 8:00 pm W

CSCR 25600-01 Selected Topics: The Politics of Whiteness
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The category "white," like other racial categories, is a historical fiction with concrete impacts on those it defines. This course will examine the emergence of whiteness as a category determining the distribution of rights and privileges including voting rights, property rights, and the right to own one’s own body. We will examine the politics of whiteness in relation to culture, ideology, sexuality, social movements, and cross-racial alliances.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 10:50 am - 12:05 pm TR

CSCR 30500-01 Practicum in Social Change I: Urban Mentorship
1.5 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez

COURSE DESCRIPTION: COURSE DESCRIPTION: Practicum in Social Change I: Urban Mentorship Initiative is an academic mentorship program that offers students the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary, coursework and field-based service-learning aimed at supporting urban youth’s pursuit of higher education.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar                                                                                                                                               SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 - 5:15 pm TR

CSCR 30700-01 Race and Colonialism
Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Asma Barlas      

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. Cross-listed with POLT 32300; students cannot receive credit for both CSCR 30700 and POLT 32300. 

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion based.
MEETING TIME: 2:35 - 3:50 pm TR

CSCR 32400-01 Critical Race Theories in the United States
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: TBA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 – 5:15 pm MW

CSCR 35100-01 Race and Sexual Politics LA, SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. (Y)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 1:10 - 2:25 pm TR

 

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