Introduction to Ethnic Studies|
Spring 2008 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)
Howard Winant and Michael Omi, RACIAL FORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Angelo Ancheta, RACE RIGHTS AND THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Ronald Takaki, A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
Steve Martinot, THE RULE OF RACIALIZATION: CLASS, IDENTITY, GOVERNANCE
Angela Davis, ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE?
Films and Videos:
Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation
Siempre, Palante, Siempre
Black is, Black Ain't
A Place of Rage
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Students are required to complete all course books and articles, in-class and homework assignments, and response papers that address the weekly readings. There will be an in-class mid-term exam and a take home final exam. Class evaluation will be based on class attendance and participation (20%), response papers and homework assignements (30%), a mid-term exam (20%), and the final exam (30%). In case of borderline grades, I will examine the student's attendance and participation record in finalizing the grade.
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