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Ethnic Studies Summer Courses – Johanna Maes



Chicana/o History and Culture

June 3-July 5


ETHN 2536

Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context OR Human Diversity.


Dr. Johanna B. Maes

Course Description:              

Through a wide range of historical and social scientific studies, novels, autobiographies, testimonios, films, music, art, and border studies this course will introduce students to the wealth and diversity of Chicana and Chicano culture and history. In order to understand the dialectics of contemporary Chicana/o identity, students will be provided with brief historical overviews of Chicana/o peoples and the historical presence of Chicano peoples in what is now called the Southwest; the US/México border; the rise of the Chicana/o student and community movements; immigration; regional differences; and contemporary debates surrounding gender, sexuality, cultural identity, mainstream invisibility and criminalization. The format of the class will be a combination of lectures, films, written exercises and student research projects. This course is targeted for fresh- (men and women) and sophomores and comprises a core requirement for the major and minor in Ethnic Studies.

Themes in American Culture

July 9-August 9


ETHN 2014

Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context.


Dr. Johanna B. Maes

Course Description This course examines the historical, institutional and socio-cultural processes and practices related to the educational experiences of Latinas and Latinos in American culture. We will discuss the k-12 educational system where topics such as bilingual education, charter schools, curriculum tracking and inequitable school policies have impacted Latina and Latino students in the US. We will also explore socio-cultural issues such as parental and family influences, teen pregnancy and gang involvement which can affect the educational trajectory of this particular population. Finally, we will analyze the higher educational system in the US while analyzing the experiences that Latinas and Latinos have while competing for four-year and post-secondary degrees. Themes of gender, class, race, and ethnicity will be apparent throughout the class readings, films, and discussions.

Chicana Feminism and Knowledge

July 9-August 9

11am-12:35pm– ETHN 3136

Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.


Dr. Johanna B. Maes

Course Description This course will provide students with a general background on Chicana feminist thought where emphasis will be placed on the sociocultural, historical, and educational experiences of this marginalized population. We will analyze and examine the diversity of feminisms that occur within Chicana intellectual through historical and theoretical perspectives. We will explore the themes of Chicanas in the Chicano Movement, sexuality, gendered violence, spirituality/religion, family and creative expressions through visual and literature. We will also devote a large section of the class to examining Chicana feminist perspectives within k-12 and higher education. The overall goal of this class is to examine the ways in which Chicanas are individually and collectively challenging external factors and are creating change in our society. 


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