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Ethnic Studies Courses Spring 2018

Ethnic Studies:

ETHS 220
Education and Social Inequality in Urban America
T/TH 9:40-11:10AM
Daymond Glenn

This course examines the sociological relationship between education, the school system, and society, with a particular focus on how schooling can reproduce, reinforce, and perpetuate racial inequality, class hierarchies, and social stratification in urban America. By surveying and analyzing foundational theories that investigate and interrogate the social function of education, the social purpose of schools, and the vulnerable conditions of the ghetto, this course will provide theoretical understanding and empirical analysis of how education and the process of schooling can impact social life.
ETHS 320
Critical Hip-Hop Studies
T/TH 1:50-3:20 PM
Daymond Glenn
Using an interdisciplinary approach to explore the complexity of hip-hop culture and the lived experiences of people in inner city urban America, this course will look at the historical factors and conditions that birthed hip-hop culture, early narratives and experiences that were being articulated through the music, the corporate commodification of the art form (i.e., rap music), the contemporary representation of African-American culture in mainstream rap music, and the possibility of hip-hop culture as a form of resistance against structural marginalization.


HIST 142
Modern Latin American History
T/Th 9:40–11:10 AM
Elliott Young
Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots
of contemporary society, politics, and culture.Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America. Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

HIST 132
United States: Revolution to Empire
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM
Reiko Hillyer
Introduction to the United States. How the young American nation coped with major changes and
adjustments in its first century. Emergence of political parties; wars with Indians and Mexico,
and expansion into a continental nation; the lingering problem of slavery; the rise of industry and urbanization; immigration; the development of arts and letters into a new national culture.

HIST 209
Japan at War
M/W/F 10:20–11:20 AM
Andrew Bernstein
In-depth study of the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of the wars fought by Japan in Asia and
the Pacific from the late 19th century through World War II. The trajectories of Japanese
imperialism, sequence of events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor, social impact of total
war. Japan’s wartime culture as seen through diaries, newspaper articles, propaganda films,
short stories, government documents. Short- and long-term effects of the atomic bomb and the
American occupation of Japan.

HIST 217
Emergence of Modern South Asia
M/W/F 9:10–10:10 AM
David Campion
The social, economic, and political history of the Indian subcontinent from the 18th century to the
present. The cultural foundations of Indian Society; the East India Company and the expansion
of British power; the experience of Indians under the British Raj; Gandhi and the rise of Indian
nationalism; independence and partition; postcolonial South Asian developments in politics,
economy, and culture. Thematic emphasis on the causes and consequences of Western imperialism,
religious and cultural identities, and competing historical interpretations.

HIST 231
U.S. Women’s History 1600-1980
T/TH 9:40–11:10 AM
Reiko Hillyer
The diverse experiences of American women from the colonial era to the recent past. Changing
ideologies from the colonial goodwife to the cult of true womanhood. Impact of Victorianism, sexuality and reproduction, the changing significance of women’s work. Origins of the women’s rights movement, battles and legacy of suffrage, history of 20th-century feminism, competing ideologies and experiences of

HIST 242
Borderlands: U.S.- Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM
Elliott Young
The concept and region known as the Borderlands from when it was part of northern New Spain to its present incarnation as the U.S.-Mexico border. Thematic focus on the roles of imperialism and capitalism in the formation of borderlands race, class, gender, and national identities. The
transformation of this region from a frontier between European empires to a borderline between

HIST 264
The History of Portland
W 3:00-6:00 PM
Reiko Hillyer 
An introduction to research in historical methods by examining the history of Portland: How did the city go from rough-and-tumble center of the timber industry to hipster mecca? Examination of Portland’s origins as a port city to the gentrification of more recent times, including exploration of various types of historical sources, from fire-insurance maps to police surveillance photographs. Two major research projects are included: 1) construct the “biography” of a city block, and 2) in small groups, write and deliver walking tours of various Portland neighborhoods. 

RHMS 315
Comparative Rhetoric
M 3:00–4:30 PM, Th 3:30-5:00PM 
Kundai Chirindo
Comparative approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism. History, theory, and contributions of
non-Euro-American rhetorics. Exploration of rhetoric’s role in culture, knowledge, philology,
and colonialism. Study of current scholarship on non-Euro-American rhetorics, including

RHMS 406
Race, Rhetoric, and Resistance
T/Th 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Kundai Chirindo
Role of rhetoric in social conflicts regarding issues of race. Theories and strategies of
resistance and the implications for political action. Examination of major race and resistance

MUS 106
Workshops in World Music
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM
Kaley Mason
Musical structures, performance contexts, and cultural significance of music from around the
world. Learn to make music and dance in three different genres, such as Indonesian gamelan,
Hindustani music, and West African drumming and dance. Specific content may change from year to

SOAN 225
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Perspective (core ES class)
M/W 3:00–4:30 PM
Sarah Warren
Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations
and nationalities, indigenous and nonindigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved
cross-culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.

SOAN 251
Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
M/W/F 9:10–10:10 AM
Bruce Podobnik
Sociocultural approaches to the study of myth, ritual, and symbol. The nature of myth and ritual in a variety of cultures, including the United States. Introduction to analytical approaches to myth, ritual, and symbolic forms including functionalism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, interpretive and performative approaches. 

SOAN 261
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM
Sarah Warren
Gender and sexuality in Latin America through an anthropological lens. Ethnographic and theoretical
texts—including testimonial and film material—dealing with the different gender experiences of indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, lowland jungle hunter-gatherers, highland peasants, urban dwellers, and transnational migrants.

SPAN 370
Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present
T/Th 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Matthieu Raillard
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period
to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural
and historical events.

Borders and Cultural Production in the Americas
M/W 3:00–4:30 PM
Magali Rabasa
This course explores diverse cultural production that represents experiences of living in and crossing borders in the Americas, through narratives and theories that address processes of a identity formation (related to race, class, nationality, gender, language, sexuality, culture, etc). The course will take a “transborder” perspective, thinking across different cultures, nations, and territories, but also across disciplines and forms of media. The course will examine a variety of “texts,” including scholarly essays, testimonios, fiction, and documentary and narrative film. We will explore recent cultural production as well as earlier works that contributed to the formation of the heterogeneous field of Border Cultural Studies. The course will examine a wide range of cultural production from not only the US-Mexico borderlands, but also other borderlands including Bolivia-Argentina, US-Caribbean, Mexico-Guatemala. Course conducted in Spanish.


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