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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Utah is offering five types of class instruction for the Fall 2020 Semester and has modified its academic schedule based on the input from health and infectious disease experts.

ETHNC 3150: Indian Law & Policy

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Meets Tuesdays at 4:35-7:05 PM in BU C 210

» This is a Hybrid course, which uses a mixture of online, face-to-face, and technology-enhanced instruction.

This course will examine the specialized body of law affecting American Indians including the legal status of American Indians in relation to federal, state, and tribal government.

ETHNC 3150 is taught by:

Thomas Swensen

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Learn about Thomas

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ETHNC 4940: Race & Gender in Ethnic American Theater

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

Students in this course will read and discuss a variety of dramatic literature and critical theories by and about ethnic American theatre artists and theorists, paying close attention to gendered, historical, and social contexts. Through the study of these works, the class aims to open a dialogue about how race and gender are perceived and constructed among diverse ethnic American cultural contexts, including African American, Latinx, Asian American, and indigenous communities. As this is a theatre class, students will also examine the plays as performance texts to better understand how race and gender are constructed on stage.

ETHNC 4940 is taught by:

Kimberly Jew

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies & Theatre

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ETHNC 5430: Asian Pacific American Politics

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Fulfills DV requirement

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course provides an overview of the historical and contemporary political experiences of Asian Americans and their pursuits of rights, justice, and opportunities in the U.S.

ETHNC 5430 is taught by:

Annie Fukushima

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

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ETHNC 5800: Inequality & Justice

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Theory or Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course offers a discussion of social justice and inequality based on three dimensions. The first is a theoretical treatment of collective ideas on social justice and equality. The debates on distributive justice and American pluralism, in particular, will be introduced. Second, the empirical findings on major measurements of social justice and the distribution of social goods will be systematically examined. The focus is on how inequality has taken place along the racial, ethnic and religious lines in U.S. history. Finally, the contemporary public policies on distribution principles and practices, such as affirmative actions and symbolic representation, will be scrutinized.

ETHNC 5800 is taught by:

Baodong Liu

Professor, Ethnic Studies & Political Science

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GNDR 3671: Gender & Colonialism in the Pacific

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Fulfills Pacific Islands Studies Certificate Core Requirement

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This class examines the significance of gender and sexuality in the Pacific Islands and its diaspora. It explores how instilling Western norms of gender and sexuality has been key ­­­to various forms of colonialism, imperialism, and militarism across Oceania. It also investigates how revitalizing Indigenous Pacific Islander epistemologies about gender and sexuality have also been central to decolonizing movements in the Pacific. The class provides students with tools to critically analyze and go beyond the popular idea of the Pacific as a feminized tropical paradise, and consider the importance of gender and sexuality to Indigenous knowledges and political movements. Readings and topics are drawn from interdisciplinary sources, including History, Literature, Pacific Island Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Indigenous Studies.

GNDR 3671 is taught by:

Maile Arvin

Assistant Professor, History & Gender Studies

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GNDR 3960-05: Special Topic
Oral History

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course will teach you the practice of oral history, a profoundly democratic methodology focused on recovering the stories of people, communities, events, and movements often left out of national narratives. After learning the fundamentals of interviewing and the theory behind oral history, students will have the opportunity to pursue an oral history project assigned by the instructor or to pursue their own projects. Ask yourself: what topic have I wanted to investigate more deeply? What do I not know about my own family’s history? What community stories do I wish I could really research? What people and movements are missing from the histories I have learned? Your answers to these questions will determine our research objectives for this course. As we work to meet those objectives you will learn skills that will be of use to you in whatever career you choose to pursue and whatever causes you make your own.

You are also likely to have some of the richest most moving conversations of your life with the remarkable people that become your interviewees. This course is open to all students – and is especially ideal for those interested in building a research base for capstone projects, theses, or the URSD designation.

GNDR 3960-05 is taught by:

Matt Basso

Associate Professor, History & Gender Studies

Learn about Matt

GNDR 3960-06: Special Topic
Community Based Research

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Meets Thursdays at 2-5 PM on Canvas

» This is an IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) course, which is a fully digital class that uses same-time delivery using web video technology.

Do you want to work with a community-based organization? Do you want to learn how to use research to advance its mission?

In this course, you will work alongside staff of local community organizations, learning how to:

  • Collaborate with community organizations
  • Design a research project
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Share findings with funders, partners, media, etc.
  • Use your research to take action in your community

GNDR 3960-06 is taught by:

Anna Antunes

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

Learn about Anna

GNDR 5660: Gender Theory & Community Organizing

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Meets on Thursdays at 2-5 PM in GC 5490

» This is a Hybrid course, which uses a mixture of online, face-to-face, and technology-enhanced instruction.

Community organizing rests at the heart of structural change. If you are interested in applying social justice theories to art of community organizing then join Gender Theory and Community Organizing. This semester will be a special edition focusing on local and national elections. Image influencing the social justice outcomes of elections and being a part of the change that challenges the structural sexism, racism, and classism that has existed in this country for the last 400 years. You will both develop your own community organizing project and help with collective class project.

GNDR 5660 is taught by:

Kilo Zamora

Instructor, Gender Studies

Learn about Kilo

Pacific Islands Studies Certificate

It’s official! Starting in the Fall 2020 Semester, we will be offering an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Pacific Islands (PI) Studies.

“A certificate in Pacific Islander studies will enhance any major that we have at the U because it integrates political, social and cultural analysis of race, indigeneity and coloniality with other fields of study,” said Hokulani Aikau, director of Pacific Islands Studies. “The courses that comprise the certificate provide a critical lens for all students interested in fields such as public health, sustainability, climate change or engineering because the issues of concern in the Indigenous Pacific and the diaspora are relevant beyond the region or the single case study. Indeed, attention to these dimensions of power is essential in the political movement for black lives matter.”

If you’re interested in our new certificate, check out the curriculum on the General Catalog website and connect with our Transform advisor!

Virtual Transform Convocation

Class of 2020

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Convocation 2020

The University of Utah will be postponing all commencement ceremonies scheduled for the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes all graduation events, college convocations, and campus-wide commencement. This has been a unique and trying semester for all of us, and this decision was made with the health and well-being of all members of our campus community and their loved ones in mind.

We are working to determine when and how rescheduled events will take place and will provide more information as soon as possible. Visit here for the full announcement and updates.

If you are graduating and have applied for graduation, you will receive separate emails from our Transform advisor with all the event details. If you have not applied for graduation, whether or not there is a ceremony, you still need to apply for graduation to receive your diploma. The deadline for Spring 2020 graduation has passed but you can still apply for Summer 2020. Deadline is May 20th.

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2019 Convocation Recap

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