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Diversity at Santa Clara University

Course Descriptions

Here are examples of some of the multicultural courses that are offered at Santa Clara University. The list is subject to change, and more information is available on department Web pages.

ANTH 3 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Concept of culture, the development and evolution of social and cultural analyses of the major subsystems of culture (economic, ethnological, social and political organization, philosophy, and world-view), and selected issues of social concern; racism, cultural determinism, cultural relativity. (4 units)

ANTH 86 - Native American Cultures
Study of the range of variation in Native American cultures. Examination of changes in recent history as well as contem¬porary issues. (4 units)

ARTH 48 - Native Arts of the Americas
Introduction to the indigenous arts and architecture of North, South, and Central America. Focus on cultures of ancient Mexico, the Great Plains, and the American Southwest. Classroom lecture and discussion, plus a visit to a local museum. (4 units)

ARTH 142 - Native American Art: Special Topics
Sustained analysis of specific time period or genre of Native American art. Emphasis on 20th century/contemporary art. Topics may include: tourism/market forces, land and cultural preservation, post-colonialism, gender identity. Research paper will be required. (5 units)

ARTH 183 - Contemporary Art
Case-study driven course examining developments in the visual arts of the last 20 years, primarily in the United States. Emphasis on critical tools and methods for appreciating, analyzing and researching traditional and contemporary art forms such as performance, installation, and video. Recent art controversies and landmark exhibitions will be addressed, along with the impact of consumer culture, feminism, and multiculturalism in the visual arts today. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and two art history courses or consent of instructor. (5 units)

ARTH 186 - History of Photography
Examination of the social, political, and aesthetic aspects of photography from its inception in the 1830s to the present, primarily in the United States. Issues examined may include the creation and growth of popular and elite audiences for photography; journalistic, ethnographic, fashion and art photography; the role of photography in discourses of race, gender, and class; and photography in relation to modernism, postmodernism, and consumer culture. ARTH 13 strongly recommended (5 units)

COMM 148B - Multicultural Journalism
This course involves learning about and interacting with multicultural audiences, the subjects of interest to them, the sources who animate the stories about those subjects, and the products of those stories. Emphasis will be on journalistic reporting and writing, media critique and oral history. Prerequisite: COMM 40. (5 units)

DANC 62 - African American Dance History
Exploration of African American dance's contribution to U.S. culture from slavery through the present. How minstrel stereotypes, jazz dance sources, black concert dance and hip-hop reflect racial and social realities in America. (4 units)

EDUC 106 - Urban Education and Multiculturalism
This course will survey some of the historical, cultural, economic, educational, moral, and political forces, which confront urban educators with a view toward understanding the impact of these forces on teaching and learning. Students in this course will be exposed to academic and community resources. They will be given an opportunity to become active members of an urban community, study theories of urban practice, and reflect on both. This course is designed for undergraduates who have sophomore standing or higher and are considering a career in teaching or a related field. Requires Arrupe placement. (4 units)

ENGL 32 - Survey of American Literature II
This course provides an historical overview of multi-ethnic American literature from the period following the Civil War to the present. A range of writers, movements, and genres will be examined within their cultural, historical, and literary contexts. The course will include writers representing Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and Postmodernism; it will include Native American, African American, Chicano-Latino, Asian American, Jewish American, and immigrant writers. This course fulfills the U.S. Studies University Core Curriculum requirement. (4 units)

ENGL 37 - Native American Literature
This course offers an introduction to Native American literature through reading selected nineteenth and (mostly) twentieth century works by authors from a variety of tribes and regions. Our reading list will likely include Yellow Bird's Joaquín Murieta, set in California during the Gold Rush (and the first published novel by a Native American); Zitkala-as autobiographical stories of Dakota life before and after Indian boarding school; Louise Erdrich's canonical Love Medicine; Greg Sarris's biography of his aunt, a Pomo medicine woman; and Sherman Alexie's collection of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Students will also have an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of Native American texts beyond the syllabus. (4 units)

HIST 61 - Latin American Origins
Introduction to Latin American culture and civilization from the Native American empires, through the Iberian conquest, to the independence of Latin American nations. (4 units).

HIST 172 - The Union in Crisis
A study of the major aspects of the antebellum period, the Civil War, and the problems of Reconstruction: the abolitionists, the rise of the Republican Party, the conduct of the war, the role of the free African American, constitutional readjustment, and the rise of the new South. (5 units)

HIST 187 - The American West
A study of the American West as frontier and region in transit from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific coast from the 17th century to the present with an emphasis on the 19th-century trans-Mississippi frontier. Topics include: European invasions of the aboriginal world; exploration; the fur trade; mining and farming frontier; ethnicity and gender in multicultural regions; the West in film, fiction, and art; contemporary meaning of the West. (5 units)

LAW 317 - Race and Law
This course has three themes: (1) understanding and critiquing American racism and the role law plays in perpetuating it; (2) understanding and critiquing popular and legal conceptions of "race" itself; and (3) understanding and critiquing the ways that people have struggled against racism and sought equal opportunity through law. These themes will be examined in the historical context in which concepts of race and racism arose, but half the class will be devoted to contemporary issues. Materials are designed to provoke both scholarly and pragmatic discussions of these themes. (3 units)

MGMT 178 - Marketing Across Cultures
The identification and analysis of market sements, with a focus on diverse markets within the United States, as well as cross border and select international markets. Blends cultural anthropology, sociology, history, and the study of immigration patterns to understand the characteristics of selected segments, and to investigate the influence of these characteristics on consumer behavior. Diffusion of innovation concepts applied to marketing decision making in both cross-cultural and international contexts, including social marketing as well as commercial marketing. Team project focused on analysis of one segment through interviews, observational, and other research. (Note: This is not a standard international marketing course.) Prerequisites: MKTG 181 and MGMT 80. (5 units)

MUSC 20 - Music in American Culture I
A survey of music generated by America's diverse populations, including Latino, African American, Native American, Cajun, Appalachian, and Asian. Open to non-majors. (4 units)

MUSC 23 - History of the Blues
Examination of the music, lyrics, people, places, and social/cultural conditions that have created the Blues tradition; from its roots in Africa to its development in the United States. (4 units)

POLI 134 - Race and Ethnicity in the Politics of Developed States
An examination of the role of and attempts to deal with racial/ethnic identity and conflict in the politics of the United States, South Africa, the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Western Europe. (5 units)

POLI 156 - Politics and Mass Media
An examination of the politics of the mass media, interactions between politicians and the media, the effects of mass media on political life and public opinion, concerns of racial and ethnic minorities, and the ethics of media work. (5 units)

POLI 160 - The Constitution and Equality
Constitutional law doctrines and decisions regarding the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. Topics include race discrimination (particularly school desegregation and affirmative action), sex discrimination, discrimination against the poor, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. (5 units)

POLI 162 - Urban Politics
Examination of political processes in the U.S. city. Special attention to the structures and institutions of urban political power and the changing forms of political action. Discussion of the historical development of urban social life, political cultures, racial/ethnic and class communities, political economy, and urban planning. (5 units)

PSYC 162 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
Study of psychology from various cultural perspectives with a view to identifying patterns of behavior that are universal and those that are culturally specific. The course looks at the extent to which American research findings apply to other societies. Also examines issues that arise in cross-cultural encounters. Prerequisites: PSYC 1, 2, 40, AND 43. (5 units)

RSOC 51 - Religion in America
Traces the development, character, and impact of religion in America from the pre-colonial era to the present. Course readings and discussions will center on the relationship between religion and the development of American culture. Includes Native American traditions; slavery and religion; the rise of revivalism; gender; religion and war; immigration; and modern pluralism, etc. (4 units)

SOCI 33 - Social Problems in the United States
Overview of contemporary social problems in the United States from a sociological perspective. Topics may include immigration, the economy, poverty, homelessness, and social inequality. (4 units)

SOCI 175 - Race and Inequality
Analysis of the socioeconomic and political situation of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans in contemporary U.S. society. Topics include race and class, occupational and economic inequality, racial discrimination, the culture of poverty, cultural stereotyping, and resistance to change. (5 units)

SPAN 133 - Mexican American Lit_
Reading, analysis, and discussion of Mexican American literature. Emphasis on the novel and short story. (5 units) NCX

TESP 60 - Hispanic Popular Religion
Study of the popular expressions of faith of the Hispanic people, exploring their theological underpinnings. Includes both classroom and field experience. (4 units)

TESP 65 - U.S. Hispanic Theology
Acquaints students with the historical development of Hispanic theology in the United States. Attention will be given to the works of representative U.S. Hispanic theologians and to the themes and concerns that these works address. (4 units)

TESP 109 - Hispanic Spirituality: Guadalupe
One of the most popular Marian devotions for Hispanic people (of primarily Mexican descent) is that of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Study of the history and tradition of Guadalupe, exploring its religious and spiritual significance in both the past and the present. (5 units)

* Although these classes have a specific focus on diversity/ multicultural/ women and gender studies, most faculty at Santa Clara University have integrated these significant concepts into all of their courses.

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