2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Shifting the Lens: Race, Class, Gender and Power Beyond Black and White

NEW! Last Updated: 06/17/2008

Spring quarter

Faculty: Frances V. Rains, Ph.D. Native American studies, critical race theory, U.S. history, Chico Herbison African American studies, American studies

Major areas of study include American studies, cultural studies, education, ethnic studies, Native American studies, U.S. history and women's studies.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

This program explores U.S. history, culture and society in ways that avoid the traditional fixation on Black/White relations. Given the undeniable impact of slavery and anti-Black discrimination on the evolution of race relations in the United States, historians, sociologists and others have understandably focused on intersections between these two groups. Instead, we will employ a different set of lenses to view inter-ethnic crosscurrents. For example, how have Black and Native peoples interacted across time and space? Without attention to other such inter-ethnic relations, any attempt to unravel the complex interplay of race, class, gender, and power in our history and society will fall woefully short.

Students will learn through readings, seminars, lectures, films and workshops. They will improve their research skills through document review, observations and critical analysis. Students will also have opportunities to improve their writing skills through weekly seminar papers and a written component in their final project. Students will refine oral speaking skills through small group and whole class seminar discussions, and through their individual final project presentations. Options for the final project will be discussed in the syllabus and in class.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in American studies, cultural studies, education, ethnic studies, history and Native American studies.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, Native American and World Indigenous Peoples' Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 17th, 2008 This is a new program, not published in the catalog.