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Race and Resistance Studies Discipline Courses Details

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RRS 100 : Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: RRS cross listed with ETHS 100. For course description, see ETHS 100. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 101 : Introduction to Arab and Muslim Communities

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to Arab and Muslim communities studies in U.S. and Americas and Asian and African ancestral homelands. Employing Arab, Muslim, Ethnic, Race and Resistance, Gender and Sexuality, American Middle East, Diasporas, Ethnicity Studies and Social Movement theory.
Units: 3

RRS 110 : Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience

Prerequisites: None
Description: Cross listed with ETHS 110. For course description, see ETHS 110. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Critical Thinking (CT)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 224 : Arab-American History, Community, and Activism

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to Arab-American history, community, and organizational development in the United States.
Units: 3

RRS 230 : Muslims in America: Communities and Institutions

Prerequisites: Examination of the emergence of identifiable Muslim communities through the U.S. and focuses on migration patterns, the ethnic makeup of such communities, gender dynamics, political identity, and conversion to Islam.
Description:
Units: 3

RRS 240 : All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to the history and comparative survey of the African American, Chicana/o, Native American, and Asian American protest/liberation movements of the "Long Sixties" (1945-1975). [Formerly ETHS 240.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 250 : Race, Ethnicity and Power in America

Prerequisites: None
Description: Critical examination of political concepts, processes and constructions of power that center race and ethnicity within a comparative analysis of American ideals, institutions and laws. Includes a study of constitutional issues and state and local governmental processes. (Fulfills the U.S. Government and California State and Local Government components of the U.S. History and Government Requirement.) [Formerly ETHS 250.] [USG,CSLG]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 255 : Voices in Exile: Arab-American and Civil Liberties post-9/11

Prerequisites: None
Description: Legal experts and practitioners will lecture and lead discussions on changes to laws post 9/11, focusing on how Arab-Americans are affected by these changes. The LA8 case will be used as a case study to analyze how government actions have affected Arab-Americans' civil liberties.
Units: 3

RRS 260 : Introduction to Arab and Arab American Feminisms

Prerequisites: None
Description: Writings by Arab and Arab American feminists to explore assumptions on and about Arab and Arab American experiences in the United States from multiple geographical sites, spiritualties, occupations, sexualities, class backgrounds, and generations.
Units: 3

RRS 280 : Race, Gender, and Science Fiction

Prerequisites: None
Description: Science fiction as a way of examining intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Includes histories such as slavery, removal, and colonization. Discussion of reproductive technologies. [Formerly ETHS 280.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 285 : Race, Sports, and Society

Prerequisites: None
Description: Examines connections between race, "politics" and high-profile professional sports in the United States and abroad. Multiple issues explored using interdisciplinary approach, including critical race theory and socio-historical and socioeconomic constructs. [Formerly ETHS 285.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 310 : Arab Revolutions and Social Movements

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the recent uprisings in the Arab world focusing both on the immediate events that sparked these revolutions as well as the historical, socio-economic, political and ideological factors that contributed to the political shifts in 2010-2011.
Units: 3

RRS 315 : Arab-American Immigration, Society, Identity, and Culture

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of important political, social, and cultural events, that have occurred in the Arab world and influenced Arab migration to the U.S.; how Arabs have evolved at different levels in America, eventually leading to the creation of an Arab-American identity.
Units: 3

RRS 330 : Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines dynamics of race and racism by analyzing intersections of class, race, gender, and nationalism, including theoretical perspectives shaping the subfield of comparative race and ethnicity in sociology, theories of racial formation, constructivist theory, ethnic boundaries, assimilation and ethnocentrism. This course is offered as RRS 330 [formerly ETHS 330] and SOC 330. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 350 : Race, Labor, and Class

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of historic and contemporary intersections between communities of color and struggles for economic justice. Labor (broadly defined) remains profoundly racialized. This racialized class struggle will constitute the center of gravity for this course. [Formerly ETHS 350]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 360 : Cultural Dialogues and Ethnic Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Ethnic literature as a comparative dialogue between cultures, in relation to other forms of artistic expressions, and within the context of the humanities, cultural patterns, aesthetic experiences, and political activism. [Formerly ETHS 360]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 370 : Islamophobia: Roots, Development, and Contestation of Hatred

Prerequisites: ETHS 100 or RRS 100.
Description: Examination of how limited conceptual frameworks color our understandings of history, race, gender, religion, and justice with regard to Muslims. [Formerly ETHS 370.]
Units: 3

RRS 375 : Queer Arabs in the U.S.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the place of queer Arabs in the U.S. in the larger context of queer people of color organizing in the U.S. and will also understand queer Arabs in the U.S. in the context of the international gay movement.
Units: 3

RRS 380 : Coloring Queer: Imagining Communities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Interdisciplinary examination of the experience of queers of color in the U.S. through anthropology, sociology, history, literature, and cultural studies. Specific focus on racism, homophobia, transphobia, and intersectionality. This course is offered as RRS 380 [formerly ETHS 380] and SXS 380. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 410 : Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An advanced examination of grassroots social change movements in communities of color in the U.S.; how they are organized; how they succeed and even fail; by combining social change theory, history, and practical contemporary approaches to grassroots social justice work. This course is offered as RRS 410 [formerly ETHS 410] and SOC 410]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 420 : Arab American Identity: Memory and Resistance

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of emergent Arab American identity from the historical context of post-colonial processes including nationalism, culture, and politics. Anti-orientalist analysis utilizing texts from different subject areas including history, poetry, psychoanalysis, post-colonial studies, critical theory, and cinema. [Formerly ETHS 420.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 430 : Arab Media Images in America: Impact on Arab Americans

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical and contemporary imaging of Arab people in their mainstream American media and its effects on Arab American communities and individuals. A look at stereotypes and negative Arab images in American film, television, literature, and journalism. [Formerly ETHS 430.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 435 : National Security and the Racialization of Arabs and Muslims in North America

Prerequisites: RRS 100 or ETHS 100; junior and senior standing.
Description: Examination of how U.S. and Canadian National Security policies have racialized and targeted members of Arab and Muslim communities since September 11, 2001. [Formerly ETHS 435.]
Units: 3

RRS 450 : Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary literature from Arab American and Arabic speaking communities and their diasporas. Exploration of the political and cultural context of the Arab region by using poetry and fiction as a foundation. This course is offered as RRS 450 [formerly ETHS 450] and ARAB 450. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

RRS 460 : AIDS and People of Color in the U.S.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with COUN 450. For course description, see COUN 450. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

RRS 480 : Youth Culture, Race and Resistance

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Surveys how young people of color use popular culture to challenge social inequalities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and nationality. Students will gain theoretical tools to analyze youth culture and its relationship to social change. [Formerly ETHS 480.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 520 : Race, Radicalism and Revolution

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Surveys diverse revolutionary movements and moments; theoretical and practical intersection of race with class, gender, sexuality and national/global oppression; role of culture and consciousness; relationship of "the revolution" to state, meaning of solidarity, leadership models and liberated visions of society/world. [Formerly ETHS 520.]
Units: 3

RRS 566 : Gender and Modernity in Arab and Muslim Communities

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with WGS 566. For course description, see WGS 566. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.) [Formerly ETHS 566.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RRS 571 : Women, Class, and Race

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Effects of class division and racism on the experiences, self-images, and social identities of women in U.S. Nature and relationships of the ideologies which underlie these divisions. [Formerly ETHS 571.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 580 : Educational Equity

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 580 [formerly RAZA 580] and SOC 580 . For course description, see LTNS 580. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.) [Formerly ETHS 580.] [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 600 : History of People of Color in the U.S.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History of the U.S. people of color, their experience in the development of American society, from 1600s to present. Consequences of domination and racism in thwarting economic interests, and responses to limiting institutional arrangements. This course is offered as RRS 600 [formerly ETHS 600] and HIST 466. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. (Fulfills the U.S. History component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement.) [USH]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RRS 620 : Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial discourses: Perspectives on Resistance and Revolution

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examination of debates about postcolonial studies and the relevance of such intellectual projects to the socio-cultural experiences in the postcolonial world, such as the production of discourses, identification patterns and collective action among the post-colonized.
Units: 3

RRS 625 : Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the field of mixed race studies from a comparative and ethnic studies perspective. Exploration of various multiracial issues for ethnic studies from the viewpoint of scholars and cultural expressionists who are themselves of mixed-racial heritage. [Formerly ETHS 625.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

RRS 630 : Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Advanced seminar examines Palestinian diasporic experiences in an historical and a comparative perspective. The rise, development, and decline of a Palestinian resistance movement will be the center of analysis. Seminar situated in post-colonial and diaspora/exile studies. [Formerly ETHS 630.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RRS 655 : Comparative Border Studies: Palestine and Mexico

Prerequisites: ETHS 100 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of debates and tensions in border studies utilizing case studies from Palestine and Mexico; focus on the history and development of the walls that U.S. and Israeli government are building and their impact on displacing marginalized communities. [Formerly ETHS 655.]
Units: 3

RRS 657 : South Asian Diaspora

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Uses transnational and comparative frameworks to examine South Asian immigration to various countries; how colonialism, nationalism, and the politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality shape disaporic identities and communities. This course is offered as RRS 657 [formerly ETHS 657] and AAS 541 [formerly AAS 657]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RRS 670 : Making Whites: Race-making in America

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Evolution and implications of whiteness in America from colonial period to the present post-Civil Rights, multicultural era; includes the definition of whiteness and critical role of the racial construction of whiteness in the history of American racism and race relations. This course is offered as RRS 670 [formerly ETHS 670] and HIST 462. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

RRS 694 : Community Service Learning: Praxis in Race and Resistance Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A community service learning activity course designed to engage students in experiential learning by collaborating with community partners that are involved in struggles for social justice, community empowerment, and equity within-and/or across-communities of color. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult class schedule.]
Units: 1-3

RRS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of adviser, instructor, and program coordinator.
Description: Supervised individual study of a particular inter-ethnic problem in ethnic studies. RRS 699 is repeatable for a maximum of 6 units.
Units: 1-3
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