Undergraduate Race & Ethnic Cultures General

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Undergraduate Race & Ethnic Cultures General

2019 Spring Term


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3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 150

This course explores the Atlantic community created as a result of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. It examines the process which drew together the history of four continents, Europe, Africa, North and South America as a result of the commerce, migrations, and imperial rivalries inititated by the Columbian encounter. The course, thus, focuses not only on the Atlantic Ocean itself as a frontier and zone of interaction but on the destruction and reconfiguration of Indigenous societies, the patterns of labor developed as a result of African slavery, the creation of new world societies, independence movements and different strategies of accommodation, resistance and rebellion.

3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 217

The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with political science).

3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 285

The course examines the intersection of Asia and United States through peoples who migrated from Asia. It reviews issues of race and ethnicity and provides an overview in Asian cultures so that students can understand Asian American diversity and Asian cultures of origin. It examines the diverse experiences of the various Asian peoples who have migrated to the U.S.

3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 321

This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.

3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 344

This course will sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. We will discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. We will examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood. We will highlight the relationship between media, culture and the economy.

3 Units


Race & Ethnic Cultures General 380

The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.

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