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Cultural & Ethnic Studies

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CES 100 Race in the United States • 5 Cr.

Survey of the history of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, American Indians, and other indigenous peoples as they become part of the United States, or in the whole Americas depending on focus. Fulfills social science or humanities requirement, not both, at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better or entry code. Previously ETHN 100.

Description starting Summer 2019

Explore the role that race and ethnicity play in your life, your community, and the nation at large. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate how race and ethnicity help to shape American society and identity from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 104 Introduction to White Culture in United States • 5 Cr.

Studies the history, culture, religion, institutions, politics, economics, arts, and psychology of peoples of white culture as developed from experience in both the old and new worlds. Multidisciplinary analysis of social life looking at white culture in America as a social construct and the consequences of this construct. Fulfills social science or humanities course requirement, not both at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better or entry code. Previously ETHN 102.

Description starting Summer 2019

Critically understand the concept and invention of whiteness, who is considered white, and what it means to be white in the U.S. as well as globally. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate the social, legal, and political construction of whiteness and when, where, how and why whiteness operates in everyday life in the 21st century. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 109 Introduction to Women's Studies • 5 Cr.

Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, with possibilities of exploring these issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. Recommended: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 109.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine the ways gender inequality and power shape women?s lives and experiences in the U.S. and globally. Topics may include marriage, motherhood, popular culture, family, education, reproductive rights, sexuality, politics, economic status, current events, and activism.

CES 115 American Film as Literature • 5 Cr.

Introduces the critical study of the motion picture as an expressive medium comparable to literary art. Students review the history and cultural traditions of American film, with focus on the feature-length film as a novelistic form. Students analyze film adaptations of American literary texts. Also includes documentaries and other genres. Previously AMST 115.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine the ways that film reflects, counters, reshapes, and impacts society. Understand the historical, political, and social contexts of film and learn to critically ?read? film to better understand culture and inequality. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 120 Introduction to Native American Studies • 5 Cr.

Provides an historical and contemporary perspective on the social, political, and cultural issues of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. Students explore Indigenous literature, and the representation of Native peoples in film and television, among other areas. Recommended: ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 120.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine Native American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Native American peoples through studying Indigenous literature, representation of Native peoples in film, as well as Native American perspectives, experiences, and resistance. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 121 Native Americans & Film • 5 Cr.

Provides an historic and contemporary perspective on the representations of Native Americans in cinema. Explores the invention of Natives in Hollywood and the creation of a Native aesthetic. Same as SOC 121. Either CES 121 or SOC 121 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 121.

CES 130 Ethnic Identity of Deafness • 5 Cr.

Leads students to an understanding of Deafness as a cultural identity, through an exploration of Identity Formation, as explained by social scientific theory, and expressed through film, art, literature, poetry and visual music, which reveal the historical and social forces that act upon the lives of Deaf people in the modern world. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or ENGL 093 with a C- or better.

CES 140 Introduction to African American Studies • 5 Cr.

Uses an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to examine the history, culture, religions, institutions, politics, economics, and arts of peoples of African descent in the United States. Focus is on U.S. life from a Black perspective, examining both historical and contemporary works. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or ENGL092 or ENGL 093 with a C- or better. Previously ETHN 140.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine African American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing African Americans in the United States. Topics may include: social construction of black identity, film and media representations of black life, racial inequality, intersectionality of identity and systems of power, African American activism and literary and artistic achievements. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 150 Introduction to Asian American Studies • 5 Cr.  New

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine Asian American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Asian Americans. Topics may include: development of the model minority myth, diversity and differences among Asian American communities, Asian American activism, and inter-ethnic relations. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit. Previously CES 152. Either CES 150 or CES 152 can be taken for credit, not both.

CES 152 Introduction to Asian American Studies • 5 Cr.

Survey of the history of Asian American ethnicities, evolution of Asian American Cultures in the United States from the 1850's through the present, immigration patterns, evolution of co-cultures, evacuation, inter-ethnic relations. May be used as a social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. Previously ETHN 152.

CES 160 Introduction to American Political Culture • 5 Cr.

Examines the structures and systems of American politics using a multidisciplinary approach. Students analyze the development of political culture and its evolution through time. Same as POLS 160 (prev POLSC 160). Either CES 160 or POLS 160 (prev POLSC 160) may be taken for credit, not both. Previously AMST 160.

CES 170 Introduction to Latino Studies in the U.S. • 5 Cr.

Examines social, cultural and political issues of Latinos in the US past and present. Topics include: Latino cultural and racial identity, social movements, immigration, stereotypes, social stratification and racial inequality.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine Latinx identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Latinx communities in the U.S. Topics may include: Latinx cultural and racial identity, social movements, immigration, stereotypes, social stratification, and racial inequality and activism. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 180 American Life & Culture • 5 Cr.

A view of American culture from the broad lens of anthropology. Topics include American popular culture, the historical background to American social and cultural values, and the effect of economic and political changes in American life. Situates American culture and society in the context of globalized world. Same as ANTH 180. Either CES 180 or ANTH 180 may be taken for credit, not both. Previously AMST 180.

CES 199 Independent Studies in Cultural & Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Covers directed readings, special projects and independent study by an individual student. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Previously ETHN 199.

CES 200 Cultural Pluralism • 5 Cr.

Explores the roles that race, gender, and class differences play in American society. Students examine the impact that racism, sexism, and class conflict has on our lives and our social, economic, and political structures. Previously: AMST 200.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine the roles that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, and religion play in your life and in larger U.S. society. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate how systems of power and inequality intersect and shape American society in both the past and present. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 201 Sports and Culture • 5 Cr.

Using the cultural framework of sports and the world around it, students critically analyze related social issues such as race, class, and gender. Multiple perspectives are included. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. Previously: ETHN 200.

Description starting Summer 2019

Sports is more than just a game. Examine how culture is expressed through the sports we play and understand how sports defines the way we see ourselves as individuals. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will explore defining oneself as an athlete, the effects of competition, why America loves rooting for an underdog, sports as a means of forging or maintaining connections, marketing through and the marketing of sports, examining heroes and icons as well as issues and controversies in sports, and analyzing the ways inequalities, politics, gender, sexuality, race, and ability play out in the arena of sports. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 210 Ethnic Experiences in Art & Music • 5 Cr.

Utilizes historical and contemporary sources to survey the art, music and music-related traditions of a specific ethnic or regional group. The type or types of music and art studied will be at the discretion of the instructor. May be used as social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. Previously ETHN 210.

Description starting Summer 2019

Explore how music and art are not only forms of artistic expressions but are also sources of self-empowerment and resistance against dominant power structures for communities of Color. Learn about how the aesthetic values of a piece of art or music has cultural/ethnic roots and the historical and contemporary ways music and art are used as tools of social activism. Topics may include: specific genres of music, concepts of embodiment, protest or graphic art, performance art, and more. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 234 Being Mixed Race the US • 5 Cr.

What does it mean to be mixed race? Isn't everyone mixed? Explore what it means to be mixed race in the US. Examine what our society tells us about race and ethnicity and how being mixed challenges those long-held understandings. Themes will include media representations, personal narratives, identity, and many more. May be used as social science course requirement at BC.

CES 241 Multicultural Business Consulting • 5 Cr.

Course combines classroom based theory with practicum experience. Students apply skills in marketing, financial analysis, business process analysis, consulting, and multicultural business management in working with a real business or nonprofit. Includes practical experience in consulting and managing in a multicultural environment, and opportunities to link classroom learning to a wide array of business disciplines to see how changes in one area affect the growth of the company as a whole. The same as BUS 241. Either CES 241 or BUS 241 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: 30 prior college business credits.

CES 257 Queer Studies • 5 Cr.

Explore the social, cross-cultural, and historical issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified peoples in the United States. Using cultural studies, sociology, literature, art, history, and popular culture, we will investigate the relationship between homophobia, heterosexism, heterosexuality and the societal structures that create and perpetuate systems of inequality. May be used to satisfy either Social Science or Humanities credit.

Description starting Summer 2019

Explore social and historical issues facing queer and LGBTQ people in the U.S. Through analysis of queer literature, art, history, pop culture, and activism, we will examine the ways that sex, gender, and sexual orientation are not just private experiences or categories but larger social issues tied to political, legal, economic, and cultural power and inequality. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 260 Economic Development of the U.S. • 5 Cr.

Analyzes the industrialization and transformation of the U.S. economy from colonial times to the present. Students examine the rapid changes after the Civil War and the Great Depression, as well as the contributions of immigrants and native groups. Same as ECON 260. Either CES 260 or ECON 260 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: 30 prior college credits. Previously AMST 260.

CES 281 Issues in Womens Studies • 5 Cr.

An exploration of women's specific issues from a cultural and historical perspective. Topics are announced in the quarterly schedule. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. Previously ETHN 281.

CES 285 Comedy in the United States • 5 Cr.

Surveys the history of American humor. Topics may include the Down East, Old Southwest, and Literary Comedian genres of the 19th century and the Purple Cow and Columnists humorists of the 20th century. Students may also analyze contemporary forms such as cartoons and stand-up comedy and analyze how they have been used to cope with social-cultural inequities. Previously AMST 285.

Description starting Summer 2019

Explore how comedy, humor, and satire are used to address social problems and push back against dominant culture. Students will examine historic and contemporary comedic forms such as blackface minstrelsy, political cartoons, and stand-up comedies and analyze how they have been used to critique and disrupt social-cultural stereotypes and inequities. We will also investigate the boundaries, politics, and different distinctions around something being ?just a joke.? Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 286 Popular Culture • 5 Cr.

Analyzes various forms of contemporary popular culture and its expression in mass media. Specific topics may include western and romance novels, consumerism, advertising, gender images, folklore, film, and music. Previously AMST 286.

Description starting Summer 2019

Critically analyze popular culture that surrounds us every day and learn about the racialized, classed, and gendered messages we consume. Examine how popular culture reinforces and challenges race, class and gender norms and what pop culture representations say about the lived realities of marginalized groups. Specific topics may include social media, blogs, reality television, consumerism, advertising and images, current social issues, film, and music.

CES 295 Special Topics in Cultural and Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Allows focused study of a topic supplementing the Cultural and Ethnic Studies curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, which is announced in the class schedule. Examples of topics are American Women Artists, Stages of American Life, Modernity in America, and Immigrant Women. Previously AMST 295.

CES 296 Special Topics in Cultural and Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Allows focused study of a topic supplementing the Cultural and Ethnic Studies curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, which is announced in the class schedule. Examples of topics are American Women Artists, Stages of American Life, Modernity in America, and Immigrant Women. Previously AMST 296.

CES 299 Individual Studies in American Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Covers directed reading, special projects, and independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Previously AMST 299.