Courses: Current and Upcoming

Spring 2015

CSCR 10700-01 INTRODUCTION TO LATINO/A STUDIES
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.

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


CSCR 12300-01 INTRO 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: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MWF


CSCR 23700-01 Policing the Borderlands: Power, Policy, and Justice
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the history of the US-Mexico Borderlands, with a special focus on power, policy, and justice. Investigates how state policy from the colonial period to the present has shaped peopleês sense of community and national identification, and how peoples of multiple cultures and shifting national affiliations have historically negotiated power, policy, and justice in this region. Considers how power and justice are manifested in state policy and contested through acts of resistance and violence. Topics explored include policies associated to citizenship, statehood, immigration, sovereignty, education, crime, and enforcement. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing.

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


CSCR 25000-01 HIP HOP CULTURES
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Sean Eversley Bradwell

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm TR


CSCR 26100-01 WATCHING RACE IN AMERICAN MEDIA
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.

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


CSCR 27000-01 ASIAN AMERICAN RACE REBELS
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an interdisciplinary course designed to analyze the historical and social significance of Asian American individuals and groups--in real life and in popular culture—whose transgressions have contributed to the formation of imagined communities and sometimes even progressive change.  Some of these race rebels have a popular following while others may be unsung heroes. The term is based on Robin D.G. Kelly’s definition of the “race rebel” and their non-traditional forms of protest and activism that put them at odds with establishment racial politics (usually defined as individualists or assimilationists) but resulted, whether intentionally or accidentally, in providing inspiration for fewer generations. 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.

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


CSCR 29002 – 01 ST: Race & 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: 10:50 am – 12:50 pm TR


CSCR 32200-01 RESEARCH IN GLOBAL JUSTICE
1 credit
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Eversley Bradwell

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces students in the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program to advanced research methods and writing on social justice topics using an international and comparative perspective. Guides the development of comparative case study projects based on research and travel conducted through the MLK Scholars Program. Students are expected to present their research findings in conference settings. This 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: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm W only


CSCR 32400-01 Critical Race Theories in the United States
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Eversley Bradwell

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. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

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


CSCR 37400-01 Latino/a Resistance Movements
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 grassroots efforts for social justice from post-WWII to the present. Central theoretical questions will revolve around why resistance movements rise and fall, and how the politics of Latino/a resistance within the United States have historically evolved. In particular, the course will focus on collective Latino/a agency and Latino community attempts to shape their own political and social destiny. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm MWF


CSCR 45300-01 BLACK RADICAL TRADITIONS
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Ioanide

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines Black radical philosophies ranging from slavery to the present. Traces shifts and continuities in how Black philosophers have contended with barriers to freedom and emancipation, with a focus on political organizers, artists and literary figures like Harriet Jacobs, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, Angela Y. Davis and Audre Lorde. Explores these writers’ engagement with abolition, existentialism, desegregation, decolonization, and the intersectionalities of race, gender and sexuality, while situating the Black radical tradition within the broader history of U.S. thought, culture and politics.

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

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