FEATURED COURSES

RIGHTS 148 – 01 Israel/Palestine: Comparative Perspectives:

INSTRUCTOR(S): Rebecca Stein, Erika Weinthal

This course introduces students to the Israel/Palestine conflict. It studied through an interdisciplinary lens, including a scholarship from the fields of anthropology, environmental studies, history, geography, and cultural studies. Themes include competing nationalisms, environmental politics and resource management, peacebuilding, refugees and displacement, humanitarian crises and challenges, representational politics. Range of primary sources will be used including human rights reports and testimonials, natural resource policies, feature and documentary film, memoirs, political treatises, and maps.

RIGHTS 323S – 01 Social Movements and Social Media:

INSTRUCTOR: Negar Mottahedeh

The course examines, uses and abuses of social media by social movements. Interested in a broader historical study of mediating technologies and the oppositional public sphere, the course considers the uses of cameras, phones, cassette players, radio, and social media platforms, but also books, bodies, art, fashion, and automobiles as oppositional technologies. Studies political and ethical uses of technologies in social unrest. Investigates the impact of technologies on social movements and social transformations in contemporary history. Student-driven case studies will highlight contemporary engagement with social media by networked social movements.

RIGHTS 345 – 01 African Americans, Mass Incarceration and Citizenship:

INSTRUCTOR: Wahneema Lubiano

This course explores in-depth the presence of African Americans within the phenomenon of U.S. mass incarceration and its implications for notions of citizenship. Surveys the history of prison build-up resulting from legislation and policy over the past forty years including the governmental discussions of drug policy and welfare reform that disproportionately affected African Americans. The course will explore definitions of citizenship and the means by which African American citizens were and are both included in and excluded from participation in the movement toward mass incarceration as part of their changing position in the U.S. polity.

RIGHTS 352 – 01 Immigrant Dreams, U.S. Realities: Immigration Policy History

INSTRUCTOR: Gunther W Peck

The course covers immigrants and immigration policy in the United States from 1850 to the present, with focus on origins and power of immigrant exclusion during three waves of migration: Northern European and Asian migrations between 1850 and 1880, Eastern European, Latin American, and Asian migrations, 1880-1920, and Latin American, African, and Asian migrations, post-1965. Immigrant roles in shaping policy debates, citizenship rights, labor movements, and American culture, past and present.

RIGHTS 395 – 01 Language and Society

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Lynn Clements

The course examines language as a social practice, focusing on different aspects of its role in social life. Topics addressed include language and social identities, such as ethnicity, social class, age, and gender; variation in language, including dialects, accents, and registers; multilingualism and language contact; new languages such as pidgins and creoles; language, culture, and intercultural communication; language and ideology; language in education and in the media. Through the discussion of these topics and homework including reading and small research projects, students are introduced to key concepts, theories, and methods in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.