Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Course No: 5101
Subject: Social Science
Grade Level: 9
Course Length: Semester
Course Type: Core Lower-Division
UC/CSU Subject Approval: A
Prerequisite: None
Criteria for Enrollment: None
Fulfillments: Required for graduation

Introduction to Ethnic Studies challenges students to frame their individual identity, their family history, and their community history through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality and culture.  Students will examine case studies that identify problems and analyze causes of systemic inequality through historical and contemporary contexts.  This course will also focus on developing reading, writing, notetaking and dialogue skills necessary to create and present well-organized arguments.  The semester-ending project will focus on the history and the work of a social movement.  By the end of this course, students should have an understanding of what it means to live responsibly and ethically as men and women with and for others.