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Ethnic Studies Courses Spring 2016 

ART 207 Pre-Columbian Art       
MWF 11:30am-12:30pm       Matthew Johnston
Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South
American cultures. Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

HIST 142 Modern Latin American History                     
TTh 9:40-11:10am                  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 242 Borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border-16 Century to the Present
MW 3:00-4:30pm                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 nations.

HIST 243 African American History Since 1863      
TTh 9:40-11:10am                   Reiko Hillyer
A survey of African American history from
emancipation to the present: the process of emancipation, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim
Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great
Depression and the transformation of the rural
South, the civil rights movement, black power and white backlash, the rise of the prison-industrial 
complex, and the development of hip-hop culture. An examination of art, film, and theater will supplement written primary and secondary sources. *** Core Ethnic Studies course

HIST 335 History and Culture of American Indians       
MW 3:00-4:30pm                  Khalil Johnson
Purposes of archaeology and its contributions to the understanding of North American prehistory, the culture-area hypothesis, relations with tribes from colonial times to the present, Native
American responses. Federal Indian policy and its evolution over the past 200 years.

HIST 347 Modern Mexico: Culture, Politics, and Economic Crisis        
TTh 1:50-3:20pm                    Elliott Young
Origins and development of the modern Mexican
nation from independence to the contemporary
economic and political crisis. 1811 to 1940: liberal-conservative battles, imperialism, the pax Porfiriana, the Mexican Revolution, industrialization, and institutionalizing the revolution. 1940 to the present: urbanization, migration to the United States, the student movement, neoliberal economics and politics, disintegration of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), and the new social rebellions (Zapatistas, Popular Revolutionary Army, Civil Society). Constructing mexicanidad in music, dance, film, and the cultural poetics of the street and the town plaza.

HIST 450 History Seminar-Nationalism in Europe          
T 6:00-9:00pm                Maureen Healy
Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field. Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia. May be taken twice for credit. Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors. 

RHMS 340 Media Across Cultures            
TTh 11:30am-1:00pm                  Peter Christenson 
Theoretical perspectives on the political and social role of mass communication in developed and developing nations. Mass communication organizations, content, regulatory models, audiences in diverse cultures. Implications of
public versus private ownership of mass media. Evaluation of claims of U.S. cultural imperialism.

SOAN 281 South Asian Cultures          
MW 3:00-4:30pm                        Sepideh Bajracharya

The nature of social and cultural life in South Asia from an anthropological perspective. Caste, family, religion, language, region, and community 
in colonial and postcolonial contexts

SOAN 363 Imagining the Nation            
TTh 1:50-3:20pm                         Sarah Warren 
Examines the rise of the modern nation-state and nationalism, including imperialism, colonialism, and postcolonial experiences. Reviews how Asian models exhibit similarities and differences from Western models of nation-state formation. Investigates narratives of national identity, and compares violent and nonviolent dynamics of “assimilation” of minority groups.

SPAN 370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present       TTh 11:30am-1:00pm                   Freddy Vilches
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.

  

Ethnic Studies Courses Fall 2015


ETHS 400-Ethnic Studies Colloquium
T 6:00pm-9:00pm                             Elliott Young
Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works. Organized around themes or analytical problems; comparative study of works in ethnic studies exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter. Focus varies depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.
ARTS & HUMANITIES COURSES

EAS 298-The Politics of Religion in China  
MW 3:00 pm-4:30 pm                     Staff
The Politics of Religion in China : Overview of religion in Chinese society, specifically examining the individual and institutional practice of religion from the perspective of political science. Religious fundamentalism, violence, and peacemaking considering Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism; how religion influences China’s political culture, political ideology, political norms, and interest groups.

Hist 141-Colonial Latin American History                                           
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                   Elliott Young

History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Hist 231-U.S. Women’s History
TTH 9:40 am-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 difference.

Hist 298 Education & U.S Empire
MW 3:00-4:30pm                           Khalil Johnson
Transnational history of education in the United States. Topics include connections between the Irish charity school and Indian “praying towns” in seventeenth-century New England; the Freedmen’s Bureau and the rise of universal schooling during Reconstruction; the feminization of the teaching profession;progressive education, immigration, and global imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century; the role of education in social movements from Mexican American labor activists to Septima Poinsette Clark and the black freedom struggle; The proliferation of study-abroad programs as “soft diplomacy”during the Cold War; and contemporary debates surrounding Teach for America.

LAS 200-Latin American Cultural Studies
MWF 12:40pm -1:40pm                      J. Toledano Redondo
Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture. Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, postcolonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity. Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class. To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

MUS 136-World Music : Asia
MWF: 9:10am-10:10am                     Beth Szczepanski
Survey of musical traditions from the Asian continent. Study of music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

MUS 137-World Music: Latin America
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                          Beth Szczepanski
Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

RELS 398-Islam, Gender, and Modernity
MW 3:00pm-4:30pm                                    Claire Robison
Islam, Gender, and Modernity explores life for Muslim women in modern times, based on autobiographical and narrative accounts written over the past century. Queries categories of gender, from femininities and masculinities to alternative sexualities. Examines how social and gender norms are changing in the modern era, and explores the negotiation of normative and ideal gender roles in contemporary Muslim-majority countries. A focal point for analysis is the power of interpretation (of Islamic texts, tradition, and culture) in determining gender norms and practices for Muslims in a globalizing world.

Russ 290-The Russian Memoir
TTH 1:50 pm-3:20 pm                      Tatiana Osipovich
Major aspects or periods of Russian literature and culture. Topics vary from year to year. Taught in English: no background in Russian language or literature required. Previous topics include 20th-century literature and film, fairy tales, women in literature and culture, contemporary society and culture, Russian laughter in literature and film. With consent of instructor, may be taken twice for credit.

SPAN 360-Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque
MWF 12:40pm-1:40pm                        Matthieu Raillard
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

SPAN 446-Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
MWF 10:20am-11:20am                       Matthieu Raillard
Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.

Social Sciences Courses:

RELS 398-Islam, Gender, and Modernity
MW 3:00pm-4:30pm                   Staff
Islam, Gender, and Modernity explores life for Muslim women in modern times, based on autobiographical and narrative accounts written over the past century. Queries categories of gender, from femininities and masculinities to alternative sexualities. Examines how social and gender norms are changing in the modern era, and explores the negotiation of normative and ideal gender roles in contemporary Muslim-majority countries. A focal point for analysis is the power of interpretation (of Islamic texts, tradition, and culture) in determining gender norms and practices for Muslims in a globalizing world.

RHMS 321-Argument and Social Justice
TTH 8:00am-9:30am                             George M. Reyes
Investigation of argumentation and social justice. Exploration and application of scholarship through the community-based Thank You for Arguing, a mentoring program run with local inner-city public schools. Theoretical and methodological frameworks for understanding the role of argumentation in fostering social justice explored through readings, classes discussion, and writing assignments.

SOAN 225-Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
TTH 1:50-pm-3:20pm                           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 266-Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
MWF 1:50pm-2:50pm                                                    Staff
Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations. Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries. An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis.

SOAN 274-Chinese Culture Through Film
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                                  Jennifer Hubbert
Overview of social and cultural issues in contemporary China examined through feature and documentary film. Particular attention paid to the effects of the political economy on changing cultural formations of consumption, sexuality, labor, class, ethnicity, urban life, and the representation of history. Films have English subtitles and are accompanied by readings from contemporary anthropological and sociological studies of China.

SOAN 310-Religion-Society and Modernity
TTH 11:30am-1:00pm                                      Kabir M. Heimsath
Anthropological approaches to religion in the context of modern global transformations, including secularism, capitalism, and colonialism. Advanced introduction to classic theories (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) in the sociology and anthropology of religion, along with their contemporary ethnographic applications. Critical ethnographies of the ideological, practical and embodied expressions of religion in contemporary context.

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