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Introduction to Ethnic Studies
AMST 217 FA
This course is an introduction to Ethnic Studies that will survey selected historical monuments, geographical and institutional sites, cases and periods in order to explore complexities of life in the United States.
to the entangled histories of colonialism, slavery, imperialism, racism, disenfranchisement, and labor, we will examine how different peoples become "American". We will focus on the racialization of American Indians,
Americans, Pacific Islanders, Chicanos and Latinos, and Asian Americans with regard to contested, and often contradictory, notions of identity and citizenship across multiple categories of difference including gender,
ethnicity, and sexuality. With special attention to US congressional plenary power, the US Supreme Court, and questions of agency and resistance, we will come to better understand how differently situated people(s)
state-structured systems of exclusion and assimilation in relation to formations and practices of culture, community, sovereignty, democracy, equality, and self-determination.
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,
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.
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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