Introduction to Ethnic Studies


Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Closing Lecture Remarks

Each one of us did not choose our educational system, but we do have a choice in the purpose for our learning.  While learning is never a neutral act, each one of us can direct learning toward being something liberating rather than oppressive.

The United States, California and the San Diego area have a great variety of peoples of different ethnic,  racial and cultural backgrounds. All of these groups make up the American mosaic. The Ethnic Studies Department examines the heritage, contributions and issues of these communities. It is the  department’s belief that, through an examination of the heritage of others, one can appreciate one’s own heritage.

The fact we all have different interests and challenges shouldn’t be something to divide us and have us all work together with the purpose of defeating oppressive system.  Ethnic Studies provides each one of us the opportunity to be represented, to be heard, to be seen, and perhaps understood by others; so that we can build a better future system for everyone.

Now is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to utilize course concepts and incorporate case studies in producing knowledge through cultural criticism in writing.

Most unit lectures close with this same class discussion format.  If you read and closely follow all the instructions for this class discussion, you should be able to do well here on out.  I will be leaving you feedback and a grade for this assignment.  It is important you review my feedback so you can address any issues in the next assignment.

I look forward to reading each of your posts and comments.  Contact me ahead of time if you need an extension.  I accept late posts but not late comments or self-reflections.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, doubts, or need additional assistance.

Professor Fuentes

Overview and Criteria

Post by Friday, Reply by Sunday

The three (3) steps to complete this assignment are explained below in more detail, but here they are in a nutshell:

Answer at least 2 question(s) or prompts.

Incorporate at least 2 course concepts in your discussion.

Leave 2 substantive/expansive comments.

There are two (2) deadlines that add up to 35 total points possible from this assignment.

Possible 25 Points = Your Post (Due Friday)

Possible 10 Points = 2+ Comments (Due Saturday)

You’ll be graded on your ability to utilize course concepts to critically reflect on the unit’s lecture material.   You must closely follow guidelines to earn maximum points.

?? Post Submissions

I only grade the first post left by each student. If you submit a second post, it will not be graded.  I only grade the first attempt.  All other attempts after the first post will be ignored and ungraded.  Recommendation: Work on your post outside of Canvas and don’t submit it until it meets your standards for submission.

25 Points: Post Guidelines

  1. Your post should be no less than 300 words in length.  

Your post is worth up to 25 points. It should contain:

  1. 4 pt: proper grammar. free of spelling errors, meets min. word count,

4 pt: use proper in-text citations, 

  1. 6 pt: apply course concepts,

6 pt: incorporate reading and/or lecture(s) material,

5 pt: directly address all aspects of the prompt(s).

10 Points: Peer Comments

Each comment you leave is worth up to 5 points (depending on quality of post).  Being nice and respectful is important, but it doesn’t get you all the points. Your comments need to be substantive and expand on the conversation or original post in a meaningful way. 

Comments should contain at least one of the following:

  • Comments should provide new information about the original post (“substantive”).

Elaborate on a point made by the Poster or someone else on the thread (“expand”).

In other words, compliments and salutations do not count as satisfactory comments. 

  • Pro Tips

What mistake will cost you the most points?

Use of in-text citations for all prompts is required.  Every student should develop the habit of attributing information to sources in college-level writing.  You can use either  or  style for in-text citations.  An example of citing the book in your text is as follows: (Takaki 2008, p.33).   An example of citing lectures in your text is as follows: (Fuentes, “Unit #: Name of Lecture.”).  Both the green number and lecture title must be changed to the appropriate source for credit.

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Copy and paste your posts on Canvas, but write them elsewhere (, , etc.).  Canvas logs users out with inactivity.  If this happens, you aren’t alerted and your work will be lost even if you try to “save” or hit “submit.”

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Continuing the Conversation

You have a voice; what’s your say?

Guidance: Select course concepts (2+) introduced in this unit to answer two (2) or more of the below question(s) or prompts according Dr. Fuentes’ lecture materials or Dr. Takaki’s A Different Mirror (2008). You can also incorporate your own personal experiences or recent events, but there has to be a clear connection to concepts and case studies.*

What is Ethnic Studies and why does it matter?

Analyze the role and impact behind “banking” and why it matters.

Discuss the Problem-Posing model in the context of education.

Describe what Dr. Takaki means by “A Different Mirror” (Ch. 1). 

Analyze the term “ethnicity” as described by Omi and Winant (Ch. 1).

Add your own link to an IG post, tweet, or Tik Tok and explain how it is an example of Ethnic Studies, “banking,” or problem-posing; OR Write your own question and incorporate course concepts to explain the importance behind your question (and the value of the potential answer).

Introduction to Ethnic Studies

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