Introduction to Ethnic Studies|
Fall 2007 not offered
ANTH 217, AFAM 217|
This course will survey selected historical moments, geographical and institutional sites, cases, and periods to explore complexities of life in the United States. Turning to the entangled histories of colonialism, slavery, imperialism, racism, disenfranchisement, and labor, we will examine how different peoples become American, with a legal focus on race and citizenship. With special attention to questions of agency and resistance, we will come to better understand how differently situated people(s) negotiate state-structured systems of exclusions and assimilation in relation to formations and practices of culture, community, sovereignty, democracy, equality, and self-determination.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
GROWING UP ETHNIC IN AMERICA(Penguin 1998)
Ronald Takaki, A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1993)
Silvia Pedraza and Ruben G. Rumbaut, Eds., ORIGINS AND DESTINIES: IMMIGRATION, RACE, AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICA (Belmont, CA: Wdsworth Publishing, 1996)
Margaret Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins, Eds., RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 1996)
Coursepack (will include essays by John Fiske, Amy Kaplan, Robin Kelly, George Lipsitz,Eric Lott, Lisa Lowe, Annette Kolodny, Richard Slotkin, and others).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Exams: There will be two in-class exams consisting of identifications/or multiple choice and short essays. You will be responsible for material from the lectures and the readings.
Journals: The journal will be a compilation of weekly observations stating your thoughts in response to the readings or the materials presented or discussed in lecture. If you attend an outside event with themes related to the course (e.g. a film, reading, performance) or if you see/read news events related to social or political issues, you may also record your impressions. Journal writing is inherently informal but the content should show substantial reflection, not just first impressions.
For the final project, students will have a choice: 1) prepare a research paper (5-7 pages) on an issue we have discussed in class. Students will be expected to have at least 4 outside sources (with a limit of 2 Internet sites) and will hand in a prospectus of their final project before continuing on with the final paper. 2) conduct oral history interviews (4-6 pages) with either a family member or someone from the community. The final project must be written (typed, double-spaced) and include the list of questions (separately) you asked and a one page reflection (separate from the interview) on the process of the interview. Further details (including examples) will be discussed in class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Independent Project 30%
Class Participation 10%
This will include attendance and class participation. You are responsible for signing only your name on the attendance sheet.
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