Program of Race and Ethnic Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

RACE AND ETHNIC CULTURES - GENERAL

RACEETH 150 ATLANTIC HISTORY
GH/Diversity
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 initiated 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.

Unreq: HISTRY 150.

RACEETH 202 INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINO LITERATURE
GH/Diversity
3 u

The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latino experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.

Unreq: ENGLISH 202.

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 217.

RACEETH 280 POLITICS OF URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE U.S.
GS/Diversity
3 u

The course offers a sophisticated depiction of systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the urban poor. The readings will feature academic books and research articles that describe and analyze the politics and life experiences in inner-city neighborhoods.

Unreq: POLISCI 280.

RACEETH 285 ASIAN AMERICANS
Diversity
3 u

The course examines the intersection of Asia and United States through peoples who migrated from Asia. It reviews issues of race and ethnicity and provides an overview to Asian cultures so that students can understand Asian American diversity and Asian cultures of origin. It examines the diverse experiences of the various Asian peoples who have migrated to the U.S., including inter-Asian American relations and intergroup relations between Asian Americans and others in the U.S. The course explores issues of Asian American discrimination, stereotypes, identity formation, collective action and pan Asian identities, and hybrid or transnational identities.

Prereq:GENED 130 and GENED 120 or GENED 140, or Sophomore standing.

Unreq: SOCIOLGY 285.

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 393 RACIAL & ETHNIC INEQUALITY: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

3 u

Readings in theoretical, empirical, and policy literature will offer an in-depth study of racial and ethnic inequality in criminal justice, housing, poverty, health, education and immigration. The class features an experiential component through field trips across the region to thematically orientated site visits with experts in the field of inequality.

Prereq:3 units of sociology or completion of University Diversity requirement; or consent of instructor.

Unreq: SOCIOLGY 393.

RACEETH 490/690 WORKSHOP

1-3 u

Repeatable a maximum of three times.

RACEETH 491/691 TRAVEL STUDY

1-3 u

Prereq:Consent of department.

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:Consent of instructor.

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 are 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 261 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
GE/Diversity
3 u

The course examines the African-American experience of race, ethnicity, class, and gender within the context of American political landscape. It will therefore explore the unique history, content and forms of African-American political participation as well as their struggle for freedom and equality as full citizens in the workings of various American political institutions.

Unreq: POLISCI 261.

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 321 A HISTORY OF BLACK MIGRATION IN THE U.S.
GE/Diversity
3 u

This course will examine and analyze the impact of Black migration from the rural south to the northern urban centers since the turn of the century.

Prereq: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Unreq: HISTRY 321.

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.

Unreq: SOCIOLGY 392.

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. Unreq: HISTRY 102.

AMERIND 305 NATIVE NORTH AMERICA TODAY: PEOPLE, CULTURE AND SURVIVAL
Diversity
3 u

This course, while assessing anthropology’s long-term relationship with Native North America, primarily presents an opportunity for students to engage with the representation of contemporary Native cultures (and identity) through ethnographic reading and study. This will be accomplished through autobiographic, ethnographic, and medical anthropological literatures (and other media forms). Students will be asked to react through discussion, writing, and examination.

Prereq:3 units in anthropology or sociology or consent of instructor. Unreq: ANTHROPL 305.

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 Chicanos in, and their 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/Diversity
3 u

Identifies and interprets internal and external cultural experiences converging to form the present day Chicano.

CHICANO 200 CHICAN@ LITERATURE: TO 1980
GE/Diversity
3 u

Identifies and interprets Chican@ literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on texts written before 1980. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation. (Also offered as ENGLISH 200 by Languages & Literatures 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 20TH CENTURY DEVELOPMENT
GE/Diversity
3 u

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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