Course Descriptions

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A list of all Undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies 
Prerequisite Grade

Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C– or better in the prerequisite course.

Lower Division

1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

This introductory Ethnic Studies class draws upon interdisciplinary approaches to understand and problematize the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. The class will discuss current disciplinary debates, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches within the diverse field of Ethnic Studies. By focusing upon diverse populations in the United States the class will index a broad range of cultural and political contexts; social problems; and histories to comprehend how racial formations and ethnic identity constructions have contradictorily served to: (1) create inequality and sustain systems of power and privilege and (2) create fissures of possibility to forge self-reflective solidarities and intercultural alliances that serve to dismantle oppressive conditions. The class will discuss the social construction of race and ethnicity coupled with the intersectionality of identity and positionality across race, class, gender and sexuality. Satisfies an Area C requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisfies the American Diversity requirement and the Common Good requirement of the Core Curriculum.

50 Creating Community: Introduction to Skills for Building a Socially Just Society

In a multicultural society, discussion about issues of conflict and community are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. This course is designed to prepare students to engage in informed and meaningful interpersonal and community dialogue in situations where such understanding and listening are needed. We will discuss relevant reading material about these issues in our social history and will explore our own and other’s identities and experiences in a variety of social and institutional contexts. We will examine personal narratives as well as historical, psychological, and sociological contributions to various groups’ experiences in the U.S, and in other countries. We will focus on issues of social justice and the common good, and how to address them through community engagement. One goal of this course is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue, learning, and exploration of intergroup relations, conflict and community building This course satisfies the American Diversity requirement and the Common Good requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Upper Division

ES 100 Asian American History through Food
This introductory Ethnic Studies class draws upon interdisciplinary approaches to understand and problematize the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. The class will discuss current disciplinary debates, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches within the diverse field of Ethnic Studies. By focusing upon diverse populations in the United States the class will index a broad range of cultural and political contexts; social problems; and histories to comprehend how racial formations and ethnic identity constructions have contradictorily served to: (1) create inequality and sustain systems of power and privilege and (2) create fissures of possibility to forge self-reflective solidarities and intercultural alliances that serve to dismantle oppressive conditions. The class will discuss the social construction of race and ethnicity coupled with the intersectionality of identity and positionality across race, class, gender and sexuality.  Satisfies both American Diversity (AD) and Social, Historical, Cultural Understanding (SHCU) CORE requirements

101 Critical Race Theory
This course discusses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an analytical framework that is used across the Social Sciences, Law and Education. Specifically the course will engage CRT as an explanatory framework or set of basic perspectives, methods, and pedagogy that accounts for the role of race and racism across contexts (i.e., Education, Law, Policy, etc.) and social positons (gender, sexuality, religion, etc.)- and that works toward identifying and challenging racism within institutional contexts.

ES 135 Youth Cultures & New Identities
This class explores youth experiences with culture and identity across race, class, gender, and sexuality.  In addition to understanding the social, cultural, and historical conditions that position young people as deviant, over-sexed, apathetic and resistant, this class discusses how youth create culture that contributes to theirs and other socialization in society.  In this capacity, the class discusses how youth (past and present) produce knowledge that  informs what is popular culture, citizenship, art, politics and identity while resisting mainstream representations that have constructed them as other (i.e., gang member, teen mother, drug dealer, etc.).  Students develop skills to interrogate and map “identity” that has been constructed for and by “youth” across local and global contexts, socializing discourses and within community and familial institutional settings.

ES 140 Chicana/o Experiences
This class discusses Chicana/o experiences as situated in historical, political, social, and economic maps of meaning.  Central is how Chicana/o experiences intersect across social positions of race, class, gender and sexuality.  Students will develop skills to interrogate and map “identity,” that has been constructed for and by Chicana/os across local and global contexts, socializing discourses and within community and familial institutional settings.

196 Senior Thesis and Portfolio 
The course entails independent study, research and/or creative work in the area of ethnic studies. Though students are encouraged to employ a multidisciplinary approach, they need to choose a sponsor from among the faculty members on the Ethnic Studies Advisory Board. To be taken only after the completion ES 001 and two other upper division electives in the minor.

195/197/199- Special Study

Cross Listed Courses

Anthropology:
131- Cultural Geography

Communications:
106- Intercultural Communications
161- Communications & Social Justice

English:
152- 20th Century American Lit.
154- Studies in African American Lit.
182- The Drama
184-Contemporary Political Drama

History:
141- African American History
142- History of California

Performing Arts:
113- Jazz & Blues in America
184- Dance in Performance

Politics:
106- Politics of Labor
109- Topics in American Politics
110- Race in U.S. Politics
115- Theories of Justice
140- Gender Politics

Psychology:
163- Prejudice & Stereotyping

Seminar:
144-Multicultural Thought

Sociology:
107- Whiteness
111- Sociology of Families
112- Race & Ethnicity
115- Wealth & Poverty in the U.S.
123- Ethnic Groups in the U.S.
125- Gender & Society

Theology & Religious Studies
117- Wealth & Poverty in the Bible
171- Gender & Religion in America