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MAS 252: Comparative Ethnic Studies

Time: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 8:45pm
Location: HGH 221

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In this course, we will analyze and discuss the meanings and functions of ethnicity and race in contemporary American society. Our discussions will focus on three particular groups: Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans. We will approach comparative analysis of ethnicity by examining particular concepts central to each group--border crossing, genocide and survivance, and legacies of slavery and incarceration--and engage these core concepts in a critical dialogue. Our readings are multidisciplinary scholarly works, creative writing, and films. Thus, an additional aim this semester is to compare and contrast how various genres and forms explain and represent the core concepts and experiences of the ethnic groups we study.