SPRING 2019 COURSE SUPPLEMENTS

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

CSCR 10600-01:  Introduction To African Diaspora Studies
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Rennae Robinson

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 TIME:  1:10 – 2:25 pm  TR

CSCR 10700-01:  Introduction to Latino/a Studies

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR:  Gustavo Licon

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 – 11:50 am  MWF

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: 9:25 – 10:40 am  TR

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: 12:00 – 12:50 pm  MWF

CSCR 20500-01:  Issues in Native American & Indigenous Studies
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course examines what culture is and it explores the roles that culture plays in the lives of individuals and social groups. It looks at what people do, how they explain what they do, and the things they produce as they go about their daily lives. It explores the ways culture affects relationships and behavior within social groups, and the ways it guides interactions between groups.

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

CSCR 21200-01:  Asian American Gender and Sexual Politics
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Wendsor Yamashita
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will explore Asian American topics through an interdisciplinary lens of gender and sexuality in order to think about how gendered oppression, violence, and discipline are central facets of U.S. power. In particular, we will examine how the U.S. has come to know and understand Asian Americans through problematic gendered tropes. In addition, this course will introduce students to Asian American feminism(s) and how they respond to and resist these tropes and thus U.S. structures of oppression.

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

CSCR 21500-01:  Asian Americans Speak Out:  Resisting Mainstream History
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Wendsor Yamashita
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 This course will explore Asian American history through oral history methodology in order to think about how Asian Americans have been marginalized by mainstream U.S. history. In particular, we will examine how Asian Americans utilize oral history as a strategy of visibility to produce, record, and archive their own stories. In addition, this course will teach students about the process of oral history: conducting interviews, transcription, ethics, and analysis.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 2:35 – 3:50 pm  TR

CSCR 21600-01:  Pop Culture & Indigenous Futurisms
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course examines mainstream popular culture and the ways Indigenous peoples refuse to be contained by it. It explores non-native representations of Indigenous peoples as well as cultural productions by Indigenous peoples representing themselves. One goal is to interrogate the role of popular culture in the ongoing colonization of Native bodies and lands. Another is to catalog the absenting and presenting of the Native as a figure that continues to haunt a multicultural settler society. Confronting the myths and stereotypes about Indigenous peoples within mainstream capitalist cultures, we explore the contemporary thought and praxis of creative minds building decolonial futures through film, television, literature, comic books, social media, fashion, visual art, performance art, and everyday practices.          

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: 2:35 – 3:50 pm  TR

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 people’s 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: 2:00-2:50 pm  MWF

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: 1:00 – 1:50 pm  MWF

CSCR 30100-01:  Feminist and Queer Latinx

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gustavo Licón

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will focus on the intersectionality of feminism, queerness, and Latinidad through the lived experiences of Latinx peoples. We will be touching upon the various sectors of the Latinx community including Mestiza/o, Afro-Latinx, and Indigenous Jotos/Maricones/Lesbianas and Feministas. We will discuss notions of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, religion, gender, immigration, sexuality, assimilation, colonization, family, homophobia, sexism, patriarchy, and machismo in shaping the feminist and queer Latinx experience.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture

SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  4:00 - 5:15 pm MW

CSCR 32200-01:  Research in Global Justice

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR:  TBA

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 – 8:00 pm W

CSCR 32400-01:  Critical Race Theories

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Melisa Casumbal

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 TR

CSCR 35100-01:  Race and Sexual Politics

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.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture

SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:  5:25 – 6:40 pm MW