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(PAIS 340) Anti-Racism and Belonging: Pacific Dialogue

This course provides an understanding of the social construct of race and its historical impact within and amongst Pacific Islanders, as well as in relation to other racial groups. It assumes the theoretical stance of intersectionality as a lens that illuminates the ways Pacific Islanders are situated in society and occurs at the nexus of race, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship status. A framework used in class will be focused on a set of basic perspectives, methods, and pedagogy that accounts for the role of race and racism that works towards identifying and challenging racism, while focusing on the experiences of Pacific Islanders.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites PAIS 105
Offered Fall, Winter
Programs Pacific Studies (BA), Pacific Studies Minor

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. To identify, recognize and acknowledge issues that cause social and structural barriers for marginalized communities (and focused on Pacific Islanders)
  2. Learn ways to critically think of opportunities to create an environment of belonging
  3. Develop research skills within the disciplines of education and ethnic studies (Pacific Studies)