July 16, 2005

"Grassroots Democracy"

Yet another college indoctrination masquerading as a "course": Grassroots Democracy: Race, Culture and Liberation. From the course content description:

Our primary text for this class will be Ron Takaki's A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. We will examine and compare the migration (and immigration) experiences of four major ethnic groups within the United States. Beginning at the origins of the country and continuing through contemporary U.S. society, the course will focus on the way migration and immigration patterns have been bound up with race and racism. The course will focus on the consequences of this history in contemporary society and compare the different outcomes which resulted from the particular ways different ethnic groups were "racialized." (For example, looking at the relative flexibility of the categorization of "whiteness" when applied to Irish immigrants or even some ethnic Asian immigrants, as compared with African slaves.) Special emphasis will be placed on the historical experiences of African Americans, Mexican Americans, selected European immigrants (primarily Irish and Jewish), and selected Asian Americans (primarily Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos). The class may also compare the relevant features of some other ethnic/racial groups (both historical and contemporary) in light of the themes of the course.

Political and economic aspects of migration will be compared, thereby setting the topic of study within the larger social and historical context of the United States, including the place of the U.S. in international affairs. The course will also: 1) discuss the contemporary social and cultural implications of the migration and immigration process and 2) pay attention to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class, as well as the role of the state (policy) to the process of immigration and migration. (For example, comparing the relative effects of racism and "internalized racism" on different ethnic groups in society today; examining the interrelationships of various forms of contemporary racism; comparing, assessing, and examining the relationships among racism versus other forms of social oppression.)

Finally, students will also be expected to apply the lessons from the class to understand better their own cultural identities and experiences.

And, how 'bout this from the "Teaching/Learning Method" (my emphasis):

This is a collaborative learning class. One principal learning/teaching method for our collaborative learning will be a process whereby people listen carefully to the ideas, feelings and experiences of their peers.

But of course! How could we forget feelings in our oh-so self-esteem conscious civilization?

And hey -- check out how the instructor's name stretches the boundaries of multiculturalism: Nicky González Yuen.

John Rosenberg has more.

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and did you check out the grading system? The touchy feely 'if you do this you will get this amount of points and this for that amount of points'...ie, don't worry about the quality of the work, as long as it gets done!!!! I ran into this type of a grading system on my last grad course after getting all A's in every class and the difference between getting an A and B was hugely drastic in terms of the amount of work needed to accomplish. I went for the B! But since there was a lot of peer review I saw some 'A students' work and it was subpar, and yet they got A's!!!!!!!!!!!!! Typical of these multicultural type classes....I wonder if these universities accept American History, European History, or History of Christianity type classes to meet their multicultural requirements? How foolish of me to ask!

Posted by: cardinals fan at July 16, 2005 06:00 PM