The Department of Ethnic Studies is offering a variety of courses relating to legal issues and current events. Many of these courses provide general education credit and can provide valuable context to students considering a legal education.
ES 199 Race, Ethics, Justice
Alai Reyes-Santos | MW, 2-3:20
Lower division seminar examines critically examines and responds to the notions of justice that emerge from various racial formation projects, drawing upon an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum.
ES 352 Social Equality & Criminal Justice
Michael Hames-Garcia | MW, 4-5:20
Acquaints students with critical issues related to social justice and equality as they pertain to the history and present state of the U.S. criminal justice system, including the history of criminal codes, policing, and imprisonment as well as current debates. Fulfills Social Science group credit and Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance credit.
ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Charise Cheney | MW, 12-1:20
Introduces the academic field of Ethnic Studies and explores about the ways that race and racism shape our experiences and world across a range of time and places. Fulfills Social Science group credit and American Cultures credit.
ES 250 Intro to African-American Studies
Charise Cheney | TR, 12-1:20
Considers the development of and dynamics between race, racism and blackness in the United States, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between structural domination and cultural resistance. Fulfills Social Science group credit and American Cultures credit.
ES 399 Race and War
Brian Klopotek | TR, 10-11:20
Examines the influence of wars on racial thinking and racial projects and vice versa in U.S. history, including internal questions of race and national belonging related to military participation.
ES 407 Native American and African American Relations
Brian Klopotek | TR, 2-3:20
Explores relationships among communities of color and the insights those relationships provide about racialization and racial formation, the constant presence of whiteness in shaping race relations, and the role of various groups in shaping the identity and history of the other and of the U.S.
ES 410 Queer Migrations
Ernesto Martinez | MW, 10-11:20
Exposes students to multiple methodological approaches, drawing from historical texts, contemporary social and theoretical analysis, ethnography, public policy, and first-hand activist accounts to understand race, ethnicity, and other social identities as bases for knowledge and resistance.