COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

RACE AND ETHNIC CULTURES - GENERAL

RACEETH 150  ATLANTIC HISTORY     GH         3 u
This course explores the Atlantic community created as a result of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. It examines the process which drew together the history of four continents, Europe, Africa, North and South America as a result of the commerce, migrations, and imperial rivalries inititated by the Columbian encounter. The course, thus, focuses not only on the Atlantic Ocean itself as a frontier and zone of interaction but on the destruction and reconfiguration of Indigenous societies, the patterns of labor developed as a result of African slavery, the creation of new world societies, independence movements and different strategies of accommodation, resistance and rebellion.

RACEETH 217     ETHNIC POLITICS   GE/Diversity         3 u
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with political science).
Unreq: POLISCI 247

RACEETH 368/568     AMERICAN MINORITY  WOMEN WRITERS   Diversity       3 u
A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102 or ENGLISH 161 and ENGLISH 102 or consent of instructor. Unreq: ENGLISH 368/568.

 RACEETH 380/580     RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS    Diversity       3 u
The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.
Unreq: SOCWORK 380/580.

 RACEETH 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

 RACEETH 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

 RACEETH 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY             1-3 u
Repeatable three times for maximum of 9 units. Prereq: Cons instr.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

The objectives of African-American Studies are to provide a systematic study of the experiences, conditions, and origins of African-American people, their philosophical, religious, and social values, their various modes of artistic expression, and the way in which each of these cultural aspects is interrelated. In this way

African-American Studies provides the student with an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the history, social organization, current conditions, and problems that face African-Americans as a racial minority in the United States. Additionally, the study of the African-American experience will unfold and analyze the African-American contribution to the American heritage.
 
 

AFRIAMR 100 INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CULTURE    GE/Diversity         3 u
This course is an introduction to the experiences, literature, art and music of Black people. Emphasis will be placed on major Black contributions to American culture. Special attention will be paid to Black studies as a discipline.

 AFRIAMR 141     MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY   GE/Diversity         3 u
A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the United States since 1865.
Unreq: HISTRY 141

 AFRIAMR 270     THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE    GE/Diversity         3 u
This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people. (Cross-listed with Sociology)
Unreq: SOCIOLGY 270.

 AFRIAMR 320/520     A HISTORY OF BLACK MIGRATION IN THE U.S.         3 u
This course will examine and analyze the impact of Black migration from rural south to the northern urban centers since the turn of the century.
Prereq: HISTRY 125 or HISTRY/AFRIAMR 141 or AFRIAMR 100 or consent of instructor.

 AFRIAMR 345/545     AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO THE PRESENT    Diversity       3 u
A survey of essays, prose, fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the Colonial period to the present.
Unreq: ENGLISH 345/545.

 AFRIAMR 365     BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT    Diversity       3 u
This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.
Prereq: AFRIAMR 100 or POLISCI 141 or RACEETH/POLISCI 217 or POLISCI 250.

AFRIAMR 392     AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES  Diversity         3 u
 This course will survey the historical development of the African-American Family from Africa to modern times. Significant events (e.g., the slave trade, slavery, and migration) will be scrutinized in order to ascertain their role in shaping the contemporary Black Family life. Other important social and economic forces will be illuminated to assess their impact. The latest body of literature, models, paradigms, hypotheses, and statistical findings will be critically examined to enhance understanding of modern day Black Family premarital and marital relations, adaptive patterns, and dislocations. (Offered jointly with Sociology.)
Prereq: 3 units of Sociology or 3 units of African American Studies.

 AFRIAMR 396     CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES    GE/Diversity         3 u
This course deals with the key issues that fall under the investigatory domain of the social and behavioral sciences. These issues are investigated in light of the traditional eurocentric approaches of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the approaches of a Black social and behavioral scientist. In addition, the long and short term effects of the several approaches and suggested solutions to these issues are examined critically in the context of their effect or impact on Blacks and whites.

 AFRIAMR 397     CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: HUMANITIES    GE/Diversity       3 u
This seminar course addresses the appeal of Black power as a polemic, protest and propaganda in the context of the Black experience in the United States. The primary materials will be speeches, documentaries, comic routines, mime groups, theatre and cinema. The approach is rhetorical and focuses on the ways in which statements are made and the effect they may have on the immediate audience and beyond.

 AFRIAMR 461/661     GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA        3 u
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course. Unreq: POLISCI 461/661.

 AFRIAMR 490/690     WORKSHOP     Repeatable         1-3 u

AFRIAMR 491/691     TRAVEL STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 u

AFRIAMR 494     SEMINAR     Repeatable         1-3 u

AFRIAMR 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES     Repeatable         1-3 u

AFRIAMR 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u

AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

American Indian Studies deals with the history and traditions of Native Americans. Special attention is given to current issues and events relevant to conditions in Wisconsin today.

 AMERIND 102     INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES     GH Diversity         3 u
An interdisciplinary introduction to the history, literature, art, and religion of Native Americans designed for students seeking a basic understanding of American Indians. Emphasis will be given to the contemporary scene.

 AMERIND 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

 AMERIND 491/691     TRAVEL STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 u

AMERIND 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable three times for a maximum of 9 units.

 AMERIND 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable three times for a maximum of 9 units. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

CHICANO STUDIES

Chicano Studies deals with those who may call themselves Mexican, Hispanic or Latino.

Chicano Studies provides the student with an opportunity to study the role of the Chicano in, and his relationship to, United States society in general. These courses serve to broaden perceptions of the origins, conditions, and experiences of Hispanics by exploring their social and philosophical values. The study of the Chicano/Latino experience includes an examination of Chicano history and literature, culture and political thought from earliest antecedents to the present day.

 CHICANO 150     INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO STUDIES    GE       3 u
Identifies and interprets internal and external cultural experiences converging to form the present day Chicano.

 CHICANO 200     CHICANO LITERATURE: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND CONTEMPORARY TEXT   GE/Diversity         3 u
Identifies and interprets Chicano literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on contemporary text. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation. (Also offered as ENGLISH 200 by English Department.)
Unreq: ENGLISH 200.

 CHICANO 201     CONTEMPORARY CHICANO LITERATURE  GE/Diversity         3 u
Analyzes contemporary Chicano drama, fiction, and poetry within their cultural and historical context: examined from a traditional formalist approach and as a human expression. (Also offered as ENGLISH 201 by English Department.)
Unreq: ENGLISH 201.

 CHICANO 310/510     HISTORY OF CHICANOS IN THE U.S.: 19TH CENTURY ROOTS AND      GE/Diversity       3 u
                                      20TH CENTURY DEVELOPMENT
 Interprets historical events of the U.S. and their impact on the Chicano emphasizing 19th century roots and 20th century development. Takes an in depth look at implications of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and 20th century Mexican Immigration.

CHICANO 320/520     POLITICS OF THE CHICANO  GE/Diversity         3 u
A comprehensive analysis of Chicano life as it relates to U.S. governmental institutions. Chicanos are presented in terms of their political, social, and religious affiliations; their economic and occupational status; and their family life and language relationships to the U.S. Federal System of Government. This study views Chicanos from two separate perspectives: as a self-contained ethnic minority and as a part of the broader U.S. population.

 CHICANO 330     CHICANO AND LATINO  AMERICAN THOUGHT   GE/Diversity       3 u
 A close analysis of the ideological perspectives of the Hispanic Movement will show that the issues inherent in this movement are not new ones. The Hispanic situation, that of a conquered people, traces its beginnings to the early XVI century with the conquest of Tenochtitlan by Hernan Cortes. Essays from both the conqueror and the conquered will be studied that show that ideologically Aztlan and Latino American countries have a similar point of reference.

 CHICANO 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

 CHICANO 491/691     TRAVEL STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 u

CHICANO 494     SEMINAR         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

CHICANO 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable a maximum of three times.

 CHICANO 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable three times for a maximum of 9 units. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
 
 

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