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FALL 2018 COURSE SUPPLEMENTS

FOR CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE, RACE, AND ETHNICITY

CSCR 10600-01, -02  Introduction To African Diaspora Studies
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: M. Nicole Horsley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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.       

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  1:00 - 1:50 pm (01) AND 2:00 - 2:50 pm (02) MWF

CSCR 10900-01  Introduction to Native American Studies
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
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.                                                                

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIME:  9:00 – 9:50 am MWF

CSCR 11000-01, -02  Introduction to Asian American Studies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 INSTRUCTOR:  Wendsor Yamashita                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 (01) AND 3:00 – 3:50 pm (02)

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: 1:10 – 2:25 pm TR

CSCR/POLT 14500-00  Politics of Identity.  (ICC)- HU; LA; (ICC)- Social Sciences; Themes: Identities & Power and Justice                                                                                                                              3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                INSTRUCTOR:  Asma Barlas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course explores the relationships between race/racial identities and the political-economy of people’s lives from both a contemporary and historical perspective while also interrogating the concept of race itself. To this end, we will engage with such questions as: is race “real;” how did/does it impact people’s life chances; what are the social and psychological implications of thinking in terms of self/other, black/ white, similarity/ difference; do sex/ gender influence racial attitudes; can one be a color-blind antiracist; and why should such questions matter to you? This is a discussion based class.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  This is a discussion-based class.  Readings: Finnegan, William. Cold New World, Random House, 1999; Frankenberg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters, Minnesota, 1997; Laymon, Kiese. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Agate, 2013, and Stuart, Andrea.  Sugar in the Blood, Knopf, 2013.                                                                                                  REQUIREMENTS:  2 journals; mid-term and final concept papers; attendance.                                                                                                                                                                                              SCHEDULE MEETING TIMES:  9:25 – 10:40 am TR

CSCR 20100-01  Black Cinema:  Exploring the Black Image in Film                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                INSTRUCTOR:  M. Nicole Horsley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PREREQUISITES:  Sophomore Standing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             COURSE DESCRIPTION:  We will explore the image of Blacks in film within a social historical context, gender and queer analyses, the role of the Black director, and cinema conventions. Topics include, but are not limited to, spectatorship, music videos, Caribbean and Black queer cinema, afrofuturism, the Black romantic narrative, racial conflict, and Blaxploitation.                                                                  COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 – 6:40 pm MW

CSCR 20601-01  Pan Asian American Film Festival
1 credit
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kitano                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            COURSE DESCRIPTION: Working with faculty, filmmakers, and community members, students will organize the Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival.  Explores how film festivals serve as a critical site of distribution and cultural exchange for minority filmmakers.  Hands-on skill development in such areas as curating films and live performances, public relations and marketing, development of sponsors, and engagement in community outreach and volunteer recruitment.  Students must be able to attend the Film Festival weekend to enroll in this course.  Prerequisite: CSCR 20600 or GCOM 10700; may be taken concurrently.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Practicum
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 – 6:40 pm W

CSCR 21100-01  American Gangster
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PREREQUISITES:  One course in the humanities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the portrayal of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in American gangster films.                                                                                                                            COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 - 5:15 pm TR

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: 2:35 – 3:50 pm TR

CSCR 29006-01  Selected Topics: Japanese Americans and Mass Incarceration
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Wendsor Yamashita                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will resituate Japanese American incarceration and contemporary mass incarceration by thinking about them comparatively, paying close attention to the temporal and spatial differences. The purpose of this course is to critically think about how technologies and logics of carcerality operate to punish and/or rehabilitate racialized and sexualized deviancy at different historical moments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 4:00 – 5:15 pm MW

CSCR/SOCI 30501-01  Practicum in Social Change I: Urban Mentorship Initiative                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez and Gustavo Licon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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:  1:10 – 2:25 pm TR

CSCRE 30700-01/POLT 32300-01:  Race & Colonialism. LA/SS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 INSTRUCTOR:  Asma Barlas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Europe’s colonization of Latin America, Africa, and Asia began in the 15th century and ended in the 20th and it left behind a political and economic legacy of genocide, slavery and skewed patterns of capitalist “development.” Less visibly, it also passed on Eurocentric conceptions of racial, sexual and cultural differences reflected in such binaries as self/other, black/white, West/ non-West, and civilized/ barbaric. The course analyzes both aspects of colonialism: the political-economic and also the affective and psychological. In particular, we will focus on the intimate nature of colonialist violence and the psychic wounds it inflicted on both the colonized and the colonizer. Since colonialist notions of alterity (otherness/ difference) continue to shape contemporary constructions of racial identities, we will also study colonialism’s traces in the present and how some people in indigenous communities are resisting these.                                                                                                                                          COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  This is a discussion based class.  Readings: Conrad, Joseph.  Heart of Darkness, Hesperus, 2004; Fanon, Frantz.  Wretched of the Earth, Grove, 2005; Lowe, Lisa. The Intimacies of Four Continents, Duke University, 2015; Memmi, Albert.  The Colonizer and the Colonized, Beacon Press, 1991 and Simpson, Leanne. Islands of Decolonial Love, Arbeiter, 2013.                                 Requirements: 2 journals, mid-term and final concept papers; attendance.                                                                                                                                                                                                        SCHEDULE MEETING TIMES:  1:10- 2:25 p.m. TR

CSCR 34300-01  Indigenous Politics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The course approaches politics regarding Indigenous peoples with a focus on power, knowledge, and discourse.  It examines contemporary issues affecting Indigenous peoples globally and internally to the United States and their historical contexts.  Concepts and topics include settler colonialism, multiculturalism, racialization of indigeneity, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, social movements for land and sovereignty, rights discourses, neoliberalism and settler governance, decolonization, and cultural resurgence.                                                          COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 11:00 – 11:50 am MWF

CSCR 37400-01  Latino/a Resistance Movements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              INSTRUCTOR:  Gustavo Licon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. (S,Y)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  10:50 am – 12:05 pm TR

(Rev. 07/17/18)