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ES 101 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Part I

Instructor: Adria L. Imada

Term: Fall 2005

ES 101 is the first part of a two-part introductory sequence in Ethnic Studies.  It provides an introduction to the history and development of Ethnic Studies in the United States and an overview of the major intellectual arguments and contributions of this interdisciplinary field. The course does not seek a mono-ethnic group analysis (e.g., “Native Americans” followed by “African Americans”) but rather a thematic and comparative approach to racial formation in the United States.  We will examine historical issues and their relationship to current debates, including immigration and racialized exclusion, race-based ranking of intelligence, as well as abolitionism and the expansion of the prison-industrial complex.

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