SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 6:04:11 AMHIST 21 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 21Title:  RACE, ETHNIC AM CUL  
Full Title:  Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture
Last Reviewed:4/26/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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An examination of the interrelated roles of race, ethnicity and gender in shaping political and cultural institutions in the United States. From pre-Columbian times to the present, the course will explore and analyze the experiences, contributions, and interconnectedness of African, Asian, European, Latino and Native American peoples.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An examination of the interrelated roles of race, ethnicity and gender in shaping political and cultural institutions in the U.S. From pre-Columbian times to the present, the course will explore and analyze the experiences of African, Asian, European, Latino and Native American men and women.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1991
Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Institutions
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2012
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1993Summer 2012
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceSpring 1992Summer 1993
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
 X1U.S. History  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 2011
 4CEthnic Studies  
 4DGender Studies  
 XAU.S. History  
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1993Summer 2011
 XAU.S. History  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.   Evaluate the American Ethnic Studies major and its relevance to
their educational and career goals.
2.   Recognize the critical role of gender within the context of
particular ethnic groups and their relationship to the larger society.
3.   Interpret the historical impact of racism, ethnocentrism and sexism
on contemporary society.
4.   Analyze the United States' cultural diversity and its impact
upon the lives of its citizens.
5.   Define race, nationality, minority group, ethnocentrism
and pluralism as they apply to American history and culture.
6.   Analyze the melting pot analogy and its relevance to past and
present American society.
7.   Utilize the social historical approach to the study of the past.
8.   Analyze political, economic, cultural, and social developments in
U.S. history from the perspective of Asian, African, European, Latino,
and Native America men and women.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Introduction
     A.  The American Ethnic Studies Major
     B.  American Mosaic:  One people out of many
     C.  Diversity:  its potential and its discontents
II.   Definitions
     A.  Race/racism
     B.  Ethnic group/ethnocentrism
     C.  Gender
     D.  Minority group
     E.  Acculturation
     F.  Assimilation
III.  Pre-Columbian America
     A.  The diverse cultures of Native America
     B.  Impact of the Euro/African invasion on Native cultures
IV.   Diversity in Colonial America
     A.  English, French and Spanish settlement
     B.  The Puritans and the Anglo heritage
     C.  Life and death in the Chesapeake
     D.  The Atlantic slave trade and the African diaspora
V.    The "Peculiar Institution" and the African Experience
VI.   Race and Republicanism
     A.  Red, white and black in the new republic
     B.  Race and national identity following the Revolution
VII.  Race, Class and Gender in the Market Economy
     A.  Rise of the factory and the "Cult of Domesticity"
     B.  Abolition and the birth of women's rights
VIII. Race and Reaction:  The Failure of Reconstruction
     A.  Emancipation and the "New South"
     B.  The 15th amendment and the women's suffrage movement
IX.   Euroethnic Immigration in the 19th century
     A.  The Irish Experience
     B.  The German Experience
X.    Race and Manifest Destiny:  The triumph of technology
     A.  Reservations and resistance:  The Native American Experience
     B.  "Climbing Gold Mountain":  The Chinese Experience
     C.  "The Border":  The Mexican Experience
XI.   Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Twentieth Century
     A.  World War II and rising ethnic consciousness
     B.  Diversity:  Its potential and its discontents

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1.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is expected
   and assumed.
2.  Read and study appropriate chapters in text and anthologies.
3.  A 5-7 page paper will be assigned.  This paper will be a reaction,
   analytical, or research paper and will show topics covered and
   critical comparisons.
4.  Participate in discussion as directed by the instructor.
5.  Scheduled quizzes.
6.  Extensive in-class mid-term and final essay examinations.
7.  Written homework as required by instructor.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 50%
Written homework, Reaction, analytical, or critical essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 50%
Multiple choice, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Attendance and Participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Malcolm Margolin, THE OHLONE WAY, Heyday Books, 1978.
Ronald Takaki, A DIFFERENT MIRROR, Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
Angela Y. Davis, WOMEN, RACE AND CLASS, Random House, 1981.
  Books, 1993.
Anzia Yezierska, BREADGIVERS, Persea Books, 1999.

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