Courses: Current and Upcoming

Fall 2014

CSCR 10600-01 Introduction To African Diaspora Studies 1 G, LA, SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Eversley Bradwell

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. 3 credits (F-S,Y)

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

CSCR 10700-01 Introduction To Latino/A Studies H, HU, LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

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. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 10:50AM - 12:05PM TR

CSCR 14500 / POLT 14500 Politics of Identity: Race, Ethnicity, Culture LA, SS
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. This course is cross-listed; students cannot take both POLT 14500 and CSCR 14500 for credit. Counts as a political theory course for politics majors. 3 credits. (F, Y)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 2:35PM - 3:50PM TR

CSCR 21100-01 American Gangster HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the portrayal of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in American gangster films. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities. 3 credits (S, IRR)

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

CSCR 24200-01 Miscegenation and Racial Binaries LA, SS
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Eversley Bradwell

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

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 12:00PM - 12:50 MWF

CSCR 29004-01 Selected Topic: Black Laughter and Racial Comedy
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Eversley Bradwell

COURSE DESCRIPTION: TBA

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00PM - 5:15 MW

CSCR 29001-01 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: 10:50am - 12:05pm TR

CSCR 29002-01 Selected Topic: Race and Love in Asian America
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an interdisciplinary course designed to analyze the intersection of race & love in Asian America from the 1800s to the present. It is common to assume that love should have nothing to do with race and vice versa. After all, romantic love in the West is the epitome of individual freedom. Race implies externally imposed barriers on free will. This class will reveal how, in practice, the two are very much intertwined. Before the Civil Rights Movement, legal barriers prevented marriages across racial lines. After the Civil Rights Movement, intermarriage became legal, but matters of race still affect whom we are likely to fall in love with or whether we’re even capable of loving. 

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 11:00AM -11:50AM MWF

CSCR 35001-01 Selected Topic: Asian Exiles, Refugees, and Diaspora
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This interdisciplinary class examines in depth Asian migration as an adaptation strategy in the context of major crises such as empire and war. From this perspective, we can better analyze why Asians emigrate, but also why they have settled in faraway lands such as the United States, Latin America, Great Britain, and France. Using methods from history, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, this covers both themes and communities, from America’s response to forced migration to refugee memorials to the second generation in exile. This course meets the Comparative & International requirement for the Asian American Studies minor. Prerequisites: sophomore standing. Classes will largely consist of lecture, discussion, multimedia, and activities. Students will be asked to complete a group project due at the end of the semester. This syllabus is tentative in nature and subject to change.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF

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. 3 credits. (Y)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00PM - 5:00PM TR

CSCR 35200-01 Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy LA, SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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)

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

Martin Luther King Scholar Program Courses
 

CSCR 12000 - U.S. Civil Rights Seminar
1 credit
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House

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. Prerequisites: None. 1 Credit. (F, Y

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

CSCR 22000 - Case Studies in Global Justice
1 credit
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

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)

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 6:30PM - 8:00PM W

 

 

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