Ethnic Studies II: Challenging the Status Quo through Critical Praxis and Direct Action (2S)


Witness the power of collective action in the fight for human and civil rights. This course spotlights the inspiring stories of marginalized groups, particularly African Americans and Asian Americans, who have organized to resist oppression and affirm their human and civil rights. We’ll delve into real-world examples of direct action and grassroots organizing, analyzing their strategies, successes, and ongoing challenges. Through case studies, historical investigations, and contemporary movements, you’ll gain valuable insights into the power of collective agency and its impact on social change. Key features of this course include: dual enrollment in a college course; direct action and grassroots organizing to explore the tools and strategies used by marginalized groups to advocate for their rights; African American and Asian American focus in which we’ll learn about the historical and contemporary struggles of these communities for equality and justice; case studies and historical analysis of specific examples of successful and ongoing movements for social change; critical thinking and advocacy skills in which we’ll develop our abilities to analyze social issues, evaluate solutions, and advocate for positive change. No prerequisite – open to all juniors and seniors and to sophomores, if space is available.

Honors option available to juniors and seniors.

Open to seniors and juniors, and sophomores if space is available.