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Introduction to Ethnic Studies 1,2 (P) (6736, 6737)

Grade Range:
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 UC subject area satisfied:
 g - College Preparatory Elective
 This course meets the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement.
Course Description:
 This course presents an interdisciplinary study of traditionally marginalized populations in the United States through a social justice pedagogy and perspective. Students will investigate, analyze, and evaluate how constructs of race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect with notions of power and privilege to impact marginalized communities, and then examine how those communities struggle toward self-determination and social justice in the United States. Through critical readings of United States history from the perspectives of workers, enslaved populations, migrant populations including European immigrants, LGBTQIA persons, women, Indigenous populations of the Western hemisphere, Chicanx, Latinx, African Americans, Asian Americans and others not often included in traditional curriculum, students will examine the collective actions taken by students, communities, grassroots organizations, movements and progressive individuals who have worked within current systems to create equitable educational spaces and advocate for justice. Students will learn how to investigate the dynamics of power and privilege, and to foster critical consciousness and social engagement within and beyond their local communities.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Zinn, A Peopleís History of the United States, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2015