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Course Title
Course Level
Units
CRES 10
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: An Introduction
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the concept of race, followed by an investigation of colorblindness, multiculturalism, and post-racialism. Race and ethnicity are examined as historically formulated in relationship to the concepts of gender, sexuality, class, nationalism, indigeneity, citizenship, immigration, and inequality. Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 45
Pilipinx Historical Dialogue
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the history, politics, and cultural expressions of the Pilipinx community, in the Philippines and the diaspora, with an emphasis on Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American activism. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 60E
Blackness and Indigeneity in Europe
Lower Division
5 units
What are the contours of Black Europe? This course emphasizes a range of disciplinary approaches to the concepts of blackness and indigeneity, introducing and questioning Black Europe as a field, a culture, and a set of ideologies. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 68
Approaches to Black Studies
Lower Division
5 units
Provides a diasporic approach to the field of Black Studies in the modern era, with a focus on histories of dispossession and resistance. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 70S
Introduction to the Sikhs
Lower Division
2 units
Introduces the Sikh community, including origins, history, belief system, and contemporary issues. Other topics include: Sikh music, art, literature, and aspects of Sikh society. Attention paid to the Sikh diaspora in the United States and in California in particular, including comparative perspectives with other minority communities. (Formerly Humanities 70S.)
CRES 100
Comparative Theories of Race and Ethnicity
Upper Division
5 units
Examines race and ethnicity as categories of lived identity intersecting with gender, sexuality, class, and culture; historical discourses of difference underwriting social inequalities and movements to redress those inequalities; and concepts critical to the understanding and reshaping of power and privilege. Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and satisfaction of the Entry Level and Composition requirements. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 101
Research Methods and Writing in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Examines how scholars and activists produce knowledge in critical race and ethnic studies. Interrogates key terms to build a foundation and literacy in research methods. The course is project-based; and requires work on a team. Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.
CRES 110G
Westside Stories: Race, Place and the California Imaginary
Upper Division
5 units
From South Central to La Misión, this course explores the role of race and culture in creating the California Dream. Draws on films, music, and activism as lenses into the complex flows of power that shape our communities. . (Also offered as Anthropology 110G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): IM.)
CRES 110Q
Queer Sexuality in Black Popular Culture
Upper Division
5 units
From Janet Mock to Young M.A., queerness has become hypervisible in Black popular culture--but at what cost? Using music, television, and social media as central texts, students investigate the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race in public life. (Also offered as Anthropology 110Q and Feminist Studies 110Q. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): IM.)
CRES 111
The Sounds of Struggle
Upper Division
5 units
Explores relations between music and democratic politics. Is harmony the ideal condition of the nation-state? Is disharmony a necessary condition of democracy? Students read literary texts alongside political philosophy and listen to music as we explore how musical recordings and performances produce our understanding of the citizen-nation relationship. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 114
Race and Disability in American Drama
Upper Division
5 units
Investigates how African-American, Asian-American, and Latin-American playwrights represent and criticize the concept of race and disability in their dramas on topics from "freak shows" to Jim Crow laws to the Virginia Tech massacre. Students cannot receive credit for this course and LIT 151K. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
CRES 116
Race and the Pacific: U.S. and Japanese Empires in Comparative Perspective
Upper Division
5 units
A lens on the U.S. and Japanese empires that moves beyond the limits of traditional area and ethnic studies by thinking comparatively about the racial logic of empire. Examines how the U.S. and Japanese empires as rival powers that from the early 20th century onward, have competed against and conspired with each other in Asia and the Pacific. . (General Education Code(s): CC.)
CRES 117
Making the Refugee Century: Non-Citizens and Modernity
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the material, discursive, and racialized conditions that have produced refugees in the last century. Also examines the social claims made by refugees, institutional responses to them, and political alternatives to state belonging. (Also offered as History of Consciousness 117. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
CRES 118
Abolitionist Futures
Upper Division
5 units
Grounded in local, national, and global prison abolition movements, this course explores through feminist political frameworks creative strategies that imagine and work to end all systems of domination and exploitation. Looks at California's prisoner organizing and abolition movements, along with other historic and contemporary social movements which deepen our understandings of the ways in which carceral systems are shaped by and through capitalist formations of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Also examines strategies such as disability justice and transformative justice which demonstrate expansive and liberatory visions of abolition, extending far beyond the prison system itself. .
CRES 130
Blackness In Motion: Anthology of the African Diasporas
Upper Division
5 units
What connects Black communities in the Caribbean, the U.S., Latin America, and Canada, and what sets them apart? Examines theories of diaspora, gender and sexuality, slavery, colorism, music, U.S. hegemonies, social movements, and comparative racialization and global anti-blackness (Formerly African Diasporas in the Americas.) . (Also offered as Anthropology 130F. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
CRES 140
The Body in Rain: Environmental and Medical Intersections
Upper Division
5 units
Explores medical and environmental anthropologies, including how bodies-human and other-are implicated in processes often figured as environmental. Explores how the body and the environment combine and interact to form nexus of political, cultural, and material forces. . (Also offered as Anthropology 140. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
CRES 140A
Africa: How to Make a Continent
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the histories of exploration, museum collection, and photography that shape historical and contemporary ideas about race, culture, and place in Africa. (Also offered as History of Consciousness 140A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
CRES 150
Race, Gender and Algorithms
Upper Division
5 units
Algorithms shape race and gender today, yet algorithms are older than digital media and can be understood as recipes or rituals. Course engages with the emerging field of trans of color poetics by studying readings in women of color feminism, transgender studies, and decolonial theory. Digital media art grounds the discussion, including works from queer and trans artists of color working in digital games, anti-surveillance fashion and performance art. Students create digital media projects in response to the ideas of the course, in the medium or platform of their choice, including video prototypes, web sites, Scalar books, Twine games, podcasts and/or video channels, the technical aspects of which will be covered in class. .
CRES 181
The Lynch Doctrine: From Rough Justice to Stand Your Ground
Upper Division
5 units
Interdisciplinary course examining the history, politics, and aesthetics of lynching culture in the United States. (Formerly HISC 181.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
CRES 185A
Race, Gender, and Science
Upper Division
5 units
Examines how science as epistemology and its accompanying practices participate in, create, and are created by understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. Enrollment is restricted to critical race and ethnic studies majors. Other majors by permission.
CRES 190A
Critical Race Feminisms
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on key learning outcomes of humanistic research and writing: developing a method for critical race feminist analysis, identifying objects and fields of study, formulating an appropriately narrow topic and thesis, identifying and critiquing sources, and completing well-structured written argumentation. Readings offer key theoretical models in critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, and queer theory. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194S. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to critical race and ethnic studies majors.
CRES 190B
Critical Migration Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on critically analyzing public representations of migration. Exploring key scholarship in migration and diaspora studies, including recent writings on ''border crises,'' students develop an individual research project exploring a controversy, archive, cultural text, or historical debate in research on a specific migrant or diasporic group. The focus is on key learning outcomes of humanistic research and writing: developing a method for studying migration attentive to critical race analysis; identifying objects and fields of study, formulating research questions, organizing an appropriately narrow thesis, identifying and critiquing sources, and completing well-structured written argumentation. . Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRES 190G
Queer Worlds: Sexuality, Intimacy and Power in Contemporary Ethnography
Upper Division
5 units
How do we read, write, and recognize the queer body? How is it marked in politics, in intimate spaces, and in the ethnographic text? Drawing on ethnic studies and black queer studies, this seminar engages contemporary anthropological approaches to sexuality. . (Also offered as Anthropology 196G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRES 190K
Black Diaspora
Upper Division
5 units
Seminar focuses on the historical and subjective processes that produce the concept of an African or Black Diaspora. In narrative, film, and cultural studies, themes of slavery, exile, home, identity, alienation, colonialism, politics, and reinvention are explored. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194K. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 15.
CRES 190M
Empire and Sexuality
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation within multiple contexts of colonialism, decolonization, and emerging neo-colonial global formations. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194M. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 18.
CRES 190M
Trans of Color Movements in Media, Art and Performance
Upper Division
5 units
Trans of color poetics are emerging in media art and performance, the voice of movements for liberation from colonial systems of racialized gender, and the structures which uphold them, including the prison-industrial complex. Trans people of color, and people who exist in resistance to colonial gender constructs are responding to the ways that both popular media and academic fields such as transgender studies have focused on white, wealthy, normative transgender subjects. Seminar considers the social movements and the embodied movement of trans people of color and gender non-conforming people in media, art and performance. . Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRES 190O
The Politics of Gender and Human Rights
Upper Division
5 units
Examines human rights projects and discourses with a focus on the politics of gender, sexuality, race, and rights in the international sphere. Reading important human rights documents and theoretical writings, and addressing particular case studies, emphasizes the tensions between the ideals of the universal and the particular inherent in human rights law, activism, and humanitarianism. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194O. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRES 190Q
Queer Diasporas
Upper Division
5 units
Queer diaspora emerged from Third World/queer-of-color critique of queer theory and provides a framework for analyzing racializations, genders, and sexualities in colonial, developmental, and modernizing contexts. Readings from anthropology, history, literature, and feminist and cultural studies. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194Q. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100. Enrollment restricted to critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRES 190S
From Slavery to Precarity: Race, Logistics and Globalization
Upper Division
5 units
Over the past half-century, there has been a profound transformation in the way that goods are produced and moved about the world resulting in what has been referred to as the ''logistics revolution''. Course examines the ways in which this ''revolution'' in mass circulation of goods necessitates a radical thinking of race and racial politics in the context of contemporary capitalist globalization. . Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRES 190T
The War on Terror: Imperialism Past and Present
Upper Division
5 units
Senior seminar focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of U.S. imperialism from a global perspective, from the annexation of the Philippines in 1898 to the current War on Terror. Drawing on the history of U.S. settler-colonialism and liberal empire as racial projects, the course investigates contemporary forms of racialization surrounding the Muslim as figure for foreign enemy. Utilizing a diverse range of media, course considers various theoretical texts in critical race and ethnic studies, visual studies, gender and queer studies, history, and literature. . Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 18.
CRES 190U
Touring War and Empire
Upper Division
5 units
Senior seminar focusing on tourism, colonialism, and militarism. Considers case studies on tourism in colonial contexts and sites of U.S. empire across multiple geographies as students craft their projects, participate in writing workshops, and present research. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194U. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors.
CRES 190V
Marxism and Feminism
Upper Division
5 units
Explores critically the intersections and crisis points between feminism and Marxism as bodies of thought, theoretical formations, and forms of historical inquiry. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194V. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRES 10 and CRES 100; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior critical race and ethnic studies majors. Enrollment limited to 18.
CRES 218
Militarism and Tourism
Graduate
5 units
Positioning tourism and militarism as central sites of inquiry for feminist and ethnic studies, course draws from literature on colonialism and empire to illuminate how tourism functions and how tourists move, in sites of past and present warfare. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 218. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
CRES 243
Feminism, Race, and the Politics of Knowledge
Graduate
5 units
Course takes as its central topic the institutional politics of feminist and critical race knowledges in the post-1960s United States university. Considers these fields' complex and contradictory relation to disciplinarity, the university's primary or default mode of arranging and legitimizing knowledge formations. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 243. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.