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Race_and_Class_in_LA_syllabus - AMST 101gm: RACE AND CLASS...

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AMST 101gm: RACE AND CLASS IN LOS ANGELES INSTRUCTOR : Professor Robin D. G. Kelley Office : SOS B-15 CONTACT : rdkelley@usc.edu Office Hours : Mondays 1:30 – 3:00, Wed., 12:30 – 1:30 Teaching Assistants : Laura Fugikawa, Margaret Salazar, Terrion Williamson TIME : Mon and Wed., 10:00-11:50am - Course Description What is Los Angeles? The glitter of Hollywood? The glamour of Beverly Hills? Disneyland’s utopia or South Central’s dystopia? City of Angels or the City of Compton? Sunshine or smog? Is L.A. the nation’s largest barrio? The gateway for “illegal” immigration? The leader of the Pacific Rim or the leader of homelessness? A city reputed for its freedom of expression or police repression? Is it the land of sprawl and freeways and luxury cars? It is all of these things, and the diverse communities who populate Los Angeles are the connective tissue linking these different worlds together. Although L.A. is one of the most residentially segregated cities in the country, capitalism, globalization, the criminal justice system, law, housing policy, popular culture, etc., bind varying groups of people together across lines of race, class and gender. The purpose of this course is to examine L.A.’s diverse population, not as isolated, discrete groups but in relation to one another. The city and its environs serves as our laboratory for understanding class, race, gender, political economy, and most importantly, power. We will examine, among other things, how the hierarchies of race and class are produced and reproduced, how gender, ethnicity, nationality, and citizenship shape people’s experience, and how aggrieved communities fight back. Assignments : Lectures and discussion sections are mandatory and we will take attendance. Please note that the lectures will supplement the reading rather than repeat what you’ve already been assigned. The final grade will be based on a take-home midterm examination, a final take-home exam, a research project, and class participation. The two exams will each be worth 25% of your grade; the research project is worth 30%; and class participation will make up the remaining 20% of your final grade. I generally do not tolerate late papers without a plausible excuse. Late papers will be docked one-half of
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a grade for each day it is late. In order to participate fully in class discussions you must keep abreast of the reading assignments. I encourage all students to read beyond the assigned texts and contribute any additional insights or information to class discussion. Note on Writing 140: Many of you are concurrently enrolled in Writing 140, a requirement for graduation over the course of your undergraduate career. The Writing 140 level courses are linked to GE courses so as to provide an intellectual resource for the teaching of critical thinking and writing. However, these courses are completely separate in terms of grades and assignments; you will receive your own grade in Writing 140 classes and assessment of your performance is entirely separate from your assessment in this course,
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