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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
AMERICAN ETHNIC STUDIES

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AES 150 Introductory History of American Ethnic Groups (5) I&S Gamboa, Salas
Survey of the history of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, and American Indians in the United States.
Instructor Course Description: Connie C. So

AES 151 Introduction to the Cultures of American Ethnic Groups (5) I&S
Survey of the cultures of Chicano, African-American, Asian-American, and American-Indian communities of the United States. Each group's culture is examined in its isolation and in its interaction with mainstream culture.
Instructor Course Description: Enrique C. Bonus

AES 211 Environmental Justice (5) I&S Pena
Examines introductory studies of environmental racism and ecological injustice in the United States and select areas of the world. Reviews environmental justice theories and methods applied to risk science, ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development. Includes comparative studies of social movements for "eco-justice." Offered: jointly with ANTH 211/ENVIR 211.
Instructor Course Description: Devon G Pena

AES 212 Comparative American Ethnic Literature (5) VLPA/I&S Butler
Selected texts from the African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American, Chicano/Latino, and Euro-American traditions of American literature. Examines the American Dream, identity, community, conformity, individualism, and family. Explores themes of assimilation, double consciousness, meztiza consciousness, and wholeness as an introduction to multiple American voices in literary expression.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen H. Sumida

AES 250 Race in the American University (5) I&S
Racial integration in American institutions of higher education. Entry to, and impact on, American universities by people of color. History of ethnic studies and its relation to other disciplines. Recommended: AES 150; AES 151.

AES 322 Gender, Race, and Class in Social Stratification (5) I&S
The intersection of race, class, and gender in the lives of women of color in the United States from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include racism, classism, sexism, activism, sexuality, and inter-racial dynamics between women of color groups. Prerequisite: GWSS 200. Offered: jointly with GWSS 300.
Instructor Course Description: Mae C Henderson Nina Young Kim Jeanette M. Bushnell Sasha Welland Veronica Barrera

AES 330 Beyond Civil Rights: Law, Culture, and Change (5) I&S
Assessment of the contemporary politics of civil rights as shaped by an identity politics that is both significant and passe. Recommended: either LSJ 363 or one course in either AES or GWSS. Offered: jointly with LSJ 330.

AES 333 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. Military (5) I&S Salas
The experiences of racial minorities in the military. Topics include segregation of units, desegregation of military, career limitations and opportunities, minority women, military families, racism and role of veterans in civil rights struggles after service.

AES 335 Sports and Social Change in the Twentieth Century (5) I&S Walter
Development of sport in the United States and its importance for U.S. culture and society. Covers increased centrality of athletic competition as part of the new leisure time in the late nineteenth century, revival of the Olympic movement, racial segregation/integration, today's American notions of celebrity and social style.
Instructor Course Description: Terry A. Scott

AES 340 Race, Ethnicity, and Education (5) I&S, DIV
Focuses on critical social and political dimensions of race and ethnicity as they relate to issues and practices of pedagogy and power in American education. Considers schooling as sites at which contemporary politics of diversity play out amidst increasingly diverse demographics of students, teachers, and parents.
Instructor Course Description: Enrique C. Bonus

AES 345 Ethnographic Methods in School Communities (5) I&S Bonus
Examines social science and humanistic approaches to ethnography in school settings within American ethnic studies frameworks related to social identities, power, and resistance. Students learn ethnographic theories and methods, and conduct and present an original research project.
Instructor Course Description: Enrique C. Bonus

AES 361 Ethnicity, Business, Unions, and Society (5) I&S Scott
Interrelationships of ethnicity, business, unions, and the larger society. Examines financial and sociological structure of business and manufacturing sector, how this sector performs, and consequences of performance for selected ethnic groups in United States. Offered: jointly with SOC 363.

AES 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to media representations of gender, race, and sexuality. Offered: jointly with COM 389/GWSS 389.

AES 446 Music in American Cultures (3) VLPA/I&S
Compares musical history and experience of selected American cultures that have fed into the American musical mainstream or had significant popularity on its periphery. Case studies may include African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans, or European Americans. Considerations of social identity as well as musical styles. Offered: jointly with MUSIC 446.

AES 450 Socio-Cultural and Environmental Effects on American Ethnic Groups (5) I&S Kashima
Introduces newer social science and health science related work on race, ethnicity, culture, socio-cultural, and environmental issues affecting American racial minorities. Considers differential rates of physical and medical problems such as cardiovascular disease rates, diabetes statistics, low birth weight children, etc. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Tetsuden Kashima

AES 461 Comparative Ethnic Race Relations in the Americas (5) I&S
Sketches the ethnoracial systems operating in American society. Studies these systems as systems and examines their institutional and interpersonal dynamics. Compares ethnoracial systems in order to arrive at empirical generalizations about race/ethnorelations in the Americas. Offered: jointly with SOC 461.
Instructor Course Description: Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

AES 462 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (5) I&S, DIV
Race and ethnicity as factors of social differentiation in a number of Western and non-Western societies in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Offered: jointly with SOC 462.

AES 487 Cultures and Politics of Environmental Justice (5) I&S, DIV Pena
Comparative survey of environmental justice movements in the world with focus on critical studies of environmental racism, risk, and sustainable development. Provides theoretical knowledge and research methods incorporating the study of equity and autonomy in environmental impact and risk assessment and other aspects of environmental policy politics. Offered: jointly with ANTH 487.

AES 489 Black Cultural Studies (5) I&S
Examines how images of blackness have been (re)constructed. Topics include black women's bodies, black men's bodies, blackface minstrelsy, black queer studies, black power, and black hybridities. Offered: jointly with COM 489/GWSS 489.
Instructor Course Description: Meredith A. Li-Vollmer

AES 490 Representing Beyond the Binaries: Mixing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media (5) I&S, DIV Joeseph
Cultural studies approach to examining the mixed formations that race, sexuality, and gender take in the contemporary United States media. Draws upon multi-disciplinary scholarship in examination of the media. Offered: jointly with COM 490/GWSS 486.

AES 494 Community Practicum and Internship (3-5, max. 10)
Faculty supervised practicum and internship experience in variety of settings and agencies, e.g., ethnic specific agencies, government and civic community-based offices. Students contribute skills and knowledge to respective communities and gain experience by working with professionals and community organizers. Credit/no-credit only.

AES 496 Honors Senior Thesis (5-10, max. 10)
Supervised individual and independent/tutorial study for AES Departmental Honors students involving research, writing, project completion, and completion of a major 30 page paper or commensurate project. Offered: AWSpS.

AES 498 Special Topics in American Ethnic Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Designed to provide the student an opportunity to concentrate on one specific aspect of American Ethnic Studies through a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.
Instructor Course Description: Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

AES 499 Independent Study or Research (1-5, max. 10)
Independent readings and/or research under the supervision of a faculty member.