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Willamette University

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American Ethnic Studies

AES 090 X Native North American Film (.25)

[Crosslisted with ANTH 090X]

A study of films and videos about and/or by Native North Americans. It is intended to introduce the cultures of indigenous peoples of Canada and the U.S. through visual media, as well as to explore and critique the conventions employed by the filmmakers. Ideally taken concurrently with ANTH 231.

  • Offering: On Demand
  • Instructor: Dobkins

AES 114 (US) Race and Ethnic Relations (1)

[Crosslisted with SOC 114]

The nature of majority–minority relations in society are explored with a focus on the causes and consequences of prejudice, discrimination and racism, with special attention on the increasing importance of institutionalized racism in contemporary American society. Attention is also paid to how race relations have changed over time and the differences in the experiences of immigrant and racial minorities. Studies on race relations are explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Prerequisite: Freshmen and Sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Hey, Drew

AES 150 (US) Introduction to American Ethnic Studies (1)

This course examines the historical, political and social dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States. It investigates the creation and effects of these social concepts on the experiences, identities and relations of various peoples, as well as the culture and structures of society. The course will focus on the various ways race and ethnicity are recreated in society, particularly by the media, and the way these "social constructions" perpetuate privilege and social inequality. It will critically investigate the myths and contradictions of race and ethnicity, and will attempt to understand what purposes they serve in a "color-bound" contemporary U.S. society. Understanding Society.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Drew

AES 231 (Th; US) Native North American Cultures (1)

[Crosslisted with ANTH 231]

This course offers a survey of the dynamic, changing cultures of Native North America, from the time of the first peopling of the continent to the present day. The approach emphasizes the diversity of these cultures, as well as the complexity of the relationships between Native American and non-native peoples. Particular attention given to Oregon and the Northwest.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society, Thinking Historically. Indigenous Peoples and Cultures Cluster.

Prerequisite: ANTH 150 recommended.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Dobkins

AES 303 Museum Studies Seminar (1)

[Crosslisted with ANTH 303]

This seminar is designed to introduce students to the field of museum anthropology and to the theoretical and practical dimensions of museum studies. As an applied research experience, it offers the opportunity to do hands-on work with the Native American collection and exhibition program at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Topics include the application of contemporary anthropological theory to work in museums, particularly in terms of issues of cultural representation, ethics, fieldwork, and museum display. Students will learn and apply skills in collections and archival management, exhibition development, and museum public programming.

Prerequisite: ANTH 231 or ANTH 351, and consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Dobkins

AES 330 Theory and Methods in American Ethnic Studies (1)

In this course, students will become familiar with the theoretical and methodological approaches in the interdisciplinary and evolving field of Ethnic Studies. It examines the key theories and methods that give voice to the realities of people of color, as well as group relations and resistance to inequality. This course analyzes the major theoretical paradigms for understanding race and ethnicity, evaluating the strengths and limitations for each framework in helping to bring about social change. It also explores and utilizes the methods of social science, recognizing the role, contribution and imitations of scientific inquiry for interpreting social reality. Other epistemological approaches will be assessed to determine what they bring to bare on empirical realities.

Prerequisite: AES 150

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Drew

AES 337 African-American Literature (1)

[Crosslisted with ENGL 337]

A study of modern/contemporary literature written by African-Americans. Formal and thematic analysis of the novel with secondary examples from folktale, lyric and drama.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course and a minimum of sophomore standing

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

AES 351 (AR) Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and the Environment (1)

[Crosslisted with ANTH 351]

This course focuses upon environmental and human rights issues affecting indigenous peoples worldwide. Using the cross-cultural, comparative and field-based perspectives that distinguish anthropology, this course examines some of the most pressing problems facing the world’s indigenous peoples, explores strategies used by these groups in facing human rights and environmental violations, and offers students the opportunity to study about and take action on these issues. Case studies of specific indigenous groups will be drawn from different world areas, including North and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia.

Prerequisite: prior course work in Anthropology or Environmental Studies required.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons and Values. Indigenous Peoples and Cultures Cluster, Environmental Cluster.

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Dobkins

AES 357 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (1)

[Crosslisted with ENGL 357]

Exploration of traditions in America's multicultural literatures: literary representations of relations between and within different ethnic and racial groups. Texts and emphases will vary.

Prerequisite: A 100-level literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Michel

AES 361 African American History 1619-1865 (1)

[Crosslisted with HIST 361]

This course examines the experience of African Americans in the United States from 1619 to the end of the Civil War. Course topics will include the Atlantic Slave Trade, the relationship between slavery and racism, the development of free black communities in the North and South, slave religion, patterns of slave resistance and accommodation, the emergence of a shared African-American culture in the 18th century, and the African-American role in both the abolitionist movement and the Civil War.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Cotlar

AES 362 African American History 1865-Present

[Crosslisted with HIST 362]

This course examines the experience of African Americans in the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Course topics will include Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period, the Great Migration, the urban experience, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American leadership.

  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Eisenberg