2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Exclusion in America: Who Belongs?


Winter 2012 quarter

Liza Rognas American history, information resources and library science
Fields of Study
cultural studies, history, law and public policy, political science and sociology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
history, political science, education, and sociology.

Democracy assumes individual inclusion as critical components of its success as a structure of government. This program examines the tension between social, political and economic exclusion in American history and the inclusive assumptions but exclusive realities of democratic processes. Students will investigate the historical origins of exclusion in contemporary society as part of individual and group research projects.

The program offers opportunities for meaningful intellectual engagement in social and institutional histories explored through program texts, informed seminar discussions, films, lecture and field trips. Student research topics may include contemporary issues related to ethnicity and race; gender and sexuality; religion; immigration and citizenship; labor and work. By integrating program materials and information with independent research, students will learn to recognize current political and social processes of exclusion and their historical roots. A specific focus on issues of justice will engage students in learning about current groups and political processes that address exclusionary policies with progressive ideas and practices.

Books will include Paper Families: Identity, Immigration Administration, and Chinese Exclusion ; The Earth Shall Weep: A history of Native America; Stonewall's Legacy: Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Students in Higher Education and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness .

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$25 for museum visits.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 9th, 2011 New program added.