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Race & Ethnicity for Winter Term 1999

updated April 23, 1999

The LS&A faculty added the Race & Ethnicity requirement in 1991 after long and thoughtful discussion. The faculty does believe that because racial and ethnic intolerance has fundamentally affected the development of contemporary American society and because its effects will continue to be felt well into the future, all students should take at least one course that deals on a fairly sophisticated level with topics such as the historical development of racism, and the social, political, and economic effects of racism and other types of discrimination.

In an article for the Spring, 1991 edition of LSAmagazine, former LS&A Dean Goldenberg wrote that the faculty "agreed that racism is an urgent problem facing the University and society at large and that it is desirable that courses in the College address questions of race and ethnicity and teach students to think analytically and critically about such topics.... The aim [of the requirement] is to provide students with relevant information about an important social issue since the changing world and work-place the student will enter will require being better able to listen to and understand a diversity of voices."

Courses approved to meet the Race & Ethnicity requirement will address issues arising from racial or ethnic intolerance. In approving the requirement, the faculty of the College made the following statements:

Required content. All courses satisfying the requirement must provide discussion, consistent with disciplinary approaches, of:

  1. the meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism;
  2. racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality as it occurs in the United States or elsewhere;
  3. comparisons of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social class, or gender.

Required focus.

  1. Every course satisfying the requirement must devote substantial, but not
    necessarily exclusive, attention to the required content. Courses may meet this requirement by various means consistent with disciplines or fields of study, and faculty members from all departments are urged to think creatively about how their fields might contribute to the requirement.
  2. Although it is hoped that many of these courses will focus on the United States, it is not required that they do so. Courses that deal with these issues in other societies, or that study them comparatively, may also meet the requirement.

Students who are new to the College of LS&A (that is, first time enrolled as an LS&A student) in the Fall Term of 1991, and thereafter, must (in any term before graduation) receive credit for one of the approved Race and Ethnicity (R&E) courses. Each term's listing will vary as courses are added or deleted by the College of LS&A Curriculum Committee. The College offers several courses taught by a number of different departments each term. Although the list of courses that fulfill this requirement varies from term to term, all such courses are designed to give students exposure to questions focusing on the meaning of race and racism, racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality, and comparisons with other types of discrimination.

This list is subject to change without notice.


CAAS 303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (SS).

Individual Behavior, Cultural Systems, and Social Organization Instructor(s): Michelle Harris-Reid (hreid@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or CAAS. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Section 003 Health and Disease in African Worlds. Meets with History 392.001
Instructor(s): Nancy Hunt

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

R&E Theme Semester


CAAS 448/Hist. 448. Africa Since 1850. (SS).

Historical Perspectives

Section 001 Colonialism, Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism.
Instructor(s): Scarnecchia (tscarne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). (R&E).

Jr. Sr. Writing R&E Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 100. What is an American? (SS).

Instructor(s): Matthew Countryman (mcountry@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 205. American Cultures. (HU).

Instructor(s): Reshela DuPuis

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).


Amer. Cult. 213. Introduction to Latino Studies Humanities. (HU).

Instructor(s): Frances Aparicio (franapar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 215. Introduction to Asian American Studies Humanities. (HU).

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 240/WS 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (HU).

Instructor(s): Beth Hackett

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 243/WS 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (HU).

Instructor(s): Hernandez

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Amer. Cult. 301. Topics in American Culture.

Instructor(s): Parmenter

Section 003 Native American History, 1492 to the Present. (3 credits). Meets with History 393.001

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission.

R&E

Amer. Cult. 404/Soc. 404. Hispanic-Americans: Social Problems and Social Issues. (Excl).

Instructor(s): Sylvia Pedraza (spedraza@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).

R&E Theme Semester


Bio. Anthro. 361. Biology, Society, and Culture. (NS).

Instructor(s): Rachel Caspari (rcaspari@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (NS). (BS).

R&E Theme Semester


Bio. Anthro. 362. Problems of Race. (NS).

Instructor(s): C. Loring Brace (clbrace@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (NS). (BS).

R&E Theme Semester


Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology. (SS).

Introductory Courses

Section 001.
Instructor(s): Stuart Kirsch (skirsch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E


Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology. (SS).

Introductory Courses

Section 026.
Instructor(s): Conrad Kottak (ckottak@umich.edu) , Elisha Renne (erenne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E


Anthro. 272/Ling. 272. Language in Society. (SS).

Introductory Courses Instructor(s): Anthony Berkley (aberkley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Anthro. 447. Culture, Racism, and Human Nature. (Excl).

Ethnology-Theory/Method Instructor(s): Melvin Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

R&E Theme Semester


Asian St. 112/Hist. 152. Southeast Asian Civilization. (SS).

Instructor(s): Victor Lieberman (eurasia@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E


Asian St. 475/Chinese 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (HU).

Instructor(s): Yi-tsi Feuerwerker (ymfeuer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Foriegn Lit ARTS


Chinese 475/Asian Studies 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Philosophy 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (HU).

Culture Courses/Literature Courses Instructor(s): Yi-tsi Feuerwerker (ymfeuer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Foriegn Lit ARTS


CSP 105. Reading and Writing Seminar: Insiders/Outsiders. (Excl).

Instructor(s): Fran Zorn

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

R&E Theme Semester


Engl. 225. Argumentative Writing.

Section 019 Legal Storytelling.
Instructor(s): Jeff Buchanan

Prerequisites & Distribution: Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (4). (HU).

R&E


F/V 365. Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television. (HU).

Section 001 Required Film Screening M, 5-7 P M.
Instructor(s): Castonguay

Prerequisites & Distribution: F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). (R&E). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

R&E Theme Semester ARTS


History 152/Asian Studies 112. Southeast Asian Civilization. (SS).

Instructor(s): Victor Lieberman (eurasia@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E


History 161. United States, 1865 to the Present. (SS).

Instructor(s): W. Andrew Achenbaum

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E


History 392. Topics in Asian and African History.

Section 001 Health and Disease in African Worlds. Meets with CAAS 358.003
Instructor(s): Nancy Hunt

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

R&E Theme Semester


History 393. Topics in U.S. and Latin American History.

Section 001 Native American History, 1492 to the Present. Meets with American Culture 301.003
Instructor(s): Parmenter

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

R&E


History 448/CAAS 448. Africa Since 1850. (SS).

Section 001 Colonialism, Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism.
Instructor(s): Scarnecchia (tscarne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). (R&E).

Jr. Sr. Writing R&E Theme Semester


History 477. Latin America: The National Period. (SS).

Instructor(s): Coronil

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E Theme Semester


Hist. Art 487/Chinese 475/Asian Studies 475/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (HU).

Instructor(s): Yi-Tsi Feuerwerker (ymfeuer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E ARTS


Honors 250. Sophomore Seminar. (SS).

Section 003 Nation Formation: Race and Gender in the Americas.
Instructor(s): Julie Skurski

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).

R&E Theme Semester


Inteflex 101. Values Seminar. (HU).

Section 001 Reace, Health, and American Values: A Historical Perspective.
Instructor(s): Peretz Hirshbein

Prerequisites & Distribution: Inteflex 100. (4). (HU).

R&E


Ling. 272/Anthro. 272. Language in Society. (SS).

Instructor(s): Anthony Berkley (aberkley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


AAPTIS 331. Introduction to Arab Culture and Language. (HU).

Instructor(s): Raji Rammuny (raram@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Jr. Sr. Writing R&E


Philo. 359. Law and Philosophy. (HU).

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Anderson (eandersn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Theme Semester


Philo. 475/Chinese 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Asian Studies 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (HU).

Instructor(s): Yi-tsi Mei Feuerwerker (ymfeuer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be included in a concentration plan in philosophy.

R&E Foriegn Lit ARTS


RC Hum. 305(RC IDiv 257). Cultural Confrontation in the Arts. (HU).

Arts and Ideas Instructor(s): Susan Walton (swalton@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Theme Semester ARTS


RC Hum. 312/Slavic Film 312. Central European Cinema. (HU).

Arts and Ideas

Section 001 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Issues.
Instructor(s): Herbert Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Jr. Sr. Writing R&E Theme Semester ARTS


RC Hum. 389. The Modern Theatre. (HU).

Drama

Section 002 Modern Theater: Theater in English of Colonized Peoples.
Instructor(s): Martin Walsh (narenlob@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Hums. 280. (4). (HU). May be repeated for credit.

R&E Foriegn Lit Theme Semester ARTS


RC Hum. 475/Chinese 475/Phil. 475/Asian Studies 475/Hist. of Art 487. The Arts and Letters of China. (HU).

Arts and Ideas Instructor(s): Yi-tsi Feuerwerker (ymfeuer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Foriegn Lit ARTS


RC Nat. Sci. 260. Science and Societal Issues: The Immune System. (NS).

Section 001 Multiculturalism and Medicine
Instructor(s): Lucila Nerenberg (nerenber@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory science course. (4). (NS). (BS).

Theme Semester


RC Soc. Sci. 344. The History of Detroit in the 20th Century. (SS).

Instructor(s): Charles Bright (cbright@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (SS).

R&E Theme Semester


Port. 150. First Year Seminar in Brazilian Studies. (HU).

Section 001 Breaking Gender and Racial Barriers in Brazil.
Instructor(s): Niedja Fedrigo (niedja@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

R&E First-Year Seminar, Theme Semester


Slavic 312/RC Hums. 312. Central European Cinema. (HU).

Section 001 Race, Ethnicity and Gender Issues.
Instructor(s): Herbert Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Jr. Sr. Writing R&E Theme Semester ARTS


Soc. 303/CAAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (SS).

Instructor(s): Michelle Harris-Reid (hreid@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or CAAS. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Soc. 404/Am. Cult. 404. Hispanic-Americans: Social Problems and Social Issues. (Excl).

Instructor(s): Sylvia Pedraza (spedraza@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).

R&E Theme Semester


Soc. 435. Urban Inequality and Conflict. (Excl).

Instructor(s): Don Deskins (ddeskins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Credit is granted for only one course from Soc. 435 and 535. (3). (Excl).

R&E


UCourses 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar. (HU).

Section 001 Inventing Race.
Instructor(s): Vanessa Agnew (vagnew@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

R&E First-Year Seminar, Theme Semester


Women's St. 240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (HU).

Instructor(s): Beth Hackett

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Women's St. 243/Amer. Cult. 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (HU).

Instructor(s): Hernandez

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E).

R&E Theme Semester


Women's St. 270. Women and the Law. (SS).

Instructor(s): Goldenhersh , Weatherly , Vickers

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). (R&E).

R&E


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