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ETHN 109 Borders and Crossings

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Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

Part of a two-course introduction to Ethnic Studies, this course examines how U.S. processes of racial formation and gendering are related to multiple transnational circulations – circulations of commodities, bodies, labor, capital, knowledge, and culture. We interrogate the material and ideological work of borders – particularly nation-state borders, but also the borders and boundaries of racial and ethnic categories, gendered and sexualized identities, languages, forms of labor, and disciplinary categories of knowledge. We also explore the many ways in which such borders are variously resisted, contested, transgressed, transcended, and transformed over time.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E1b, E5b
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU Area D or F), UC (IGETC Area 4)