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FALL 2020 COURSE SUPPLEMENTS FOR CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE, RACE, AND ETHNICITY (rev. 6-1-20)

CSCR 10600-01:  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:  MWF  10:00 - 10:50 AM 

CSCR 10900-01:  Introduction to Native American Indigenous Studies
3 Credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licon
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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIME:  TR 9:25-10:40 AM

CSCR 11000-01:  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:  MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

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

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: MWF  11:00-11:50 AM

CSCR 20700-01:  Hip-Hop Feminism

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: M. Nicole Horsley
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Interrogate the development and growing perspective of Hip-Hop Feminism.  The term Hip-Hop Feminism was coined by Joan Morgan with the release of “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down” (1999).  Hip-Hop Feminism emerges as a site of empowerment for women belonging to the Hip-Hop generation.  Providing a space to bring together feminist consciousness and Hip-Hop sensibilities to challenge patriarchy and racism while allowing women to re-imagine a self-politic of love and empowerment through Hip-Hop culture and music.  We will read works by Black women writers and Hip-Hop female performers to explore their cultural and knowledge production as acts of resistance, liberation, and pleasure.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: MWF  3:00-3:50 PM

CSCR 21100-01:  American Gangster
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licon

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: TR  10:50 AM – 12:05 PM

CSCR 22100-01:  Researching Social Justice

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR:  Sean Eversley-Bradwell

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The MLK Sophomore Seminar – Researching Social Justice Seminar – introduces students to research methods by highlighting historical and contemporary social justice research. The seminar is designed to prepare students to create their own social justice oriented research proposals connected to social justice service.  Most specifically, the Sophomore Experience addresses the fourth student-learning outcome. 

MLK Scholars Student Learning Outcomes:

●          be able to utilize Dr. King’s teachings to explain and analyze the fundamental ideas associated with social justice issues;

●          be able to conduct a comparative research project on a social justice issue from an international perspective;

●          demonstrate competent research skills, writing skills, and presentation skills;

●          be able to identify and explain the differences between community service and social justice service; and

●          demonstrate an understanding of race in relationship to other forms of oppression.

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

CSCR 22200-01:  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: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 p

CSCR 25600-01:  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 26100-01:  Watching Race in U.S. 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. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

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

CSCR/SOCI 30501-01:  Practicum in Social Change I: Urban Mentorship Initiative

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: 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:  TR 1:10-2:25 PM

CSCR 35200-01:  Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy
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. (Y)
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  TR  9:25-10:40 AM 

CSCR/SOCI 43701-0:  Scholarship of and by Women of Color

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, 347 Egbert Hall, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 12

PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200; three social science courses with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above.

STUDENTS: The ideal student for this course is one who has already begun to think critically about interlocking systems of oppression and the impact those systems have on the development of disciplines like, but not limited to, Sociology.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To examine the ways in which women of color as subjects and scholars have been included in and excluded from the Foundations of Sociology. To think critically about what it means to be inclusive of alternative sources and forms of knowledge. To examine what it means to have diversity in Sociology. To better understand the complexities of contemporary issues in general and from the perspective of various women of color more specifically. To understand the role of one’s positionality in all of these conversations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion based.

SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  TR  2:35-3:50 PM