Designed to provide the student an opportunity to concentrate on one specific aspect of American Ethnic Studies through a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.
TITLE: Socio-cultural and Enviornmental Effects on American Ethnic Groups.
Do African American women, compared to Anglo American women with comparable socio-economic status have lower birth-weight children? If so, why? Do Mexican immigrants, even with relatively lower incomes, tend to be healthier than the average American? Is it also true that the longer they stay in America, and even as their economic status improves, that they start to experience poorer health in various ways? If so, why? Do the statistics for Japanese American second-generation males show a increasing evel of cardiovascular problems, now approaching the American level, while their genetic counterparts in Japan do not evidence this change? If so, why? We will examine these and other central findings revolving around race, ethnicity, culture, and social-economic factors that affect or cause physical or medical problems in the American ethnic groups. This will be a seminar-type course with student participation vital to the learning process. Students will explore a topic of their choice or with other students through guided research with the instructor
Student learning goals
How does societal, cultural, and envirnmental factors affect differentially health issues and therefore the statistics of American ethnic groups.
General method of instruction
This will be a seminar-type of course with a small enrollment number. Students will read course materials, view relevant video productions, and choose a relevant group and health issue to explore. The emphasis is on class discussion, preparation for a paper, researching, and presenting their papers. An aim is to prepare a possible poster presentation for student undergraduate work in the Spring quarter in the Mary Gates hall.
Junior or senior class standing with some courses in the AES Department or interest in a particular ethnic group's health risk and outcome is desirable but not mandatory.
Class assignments and grading
Seminar type discussion, paper, and in class short quizzes.