ES Courses and Descriptions
**The diversification listed for some courses may have changed for the current semester. Refer to the UH Mānoa Class Availability website for latest information.
A grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses is required for all courses. (A C- is not acceptable.)
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Basic concepts and theories for analyzing dynamics of ethnic group experiences, particularly those represented in Hawai'i, and theu[pir relation to colonization, immigration, problems of identity, racism, and social class.
Race, Class, Gender in Popular Culture
Contemporary issues of race, class, and gender in popular culture (film, television, music, social media, sports, etc.). Introduction to critical media analysis and social science theories and methods.
Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations (Cross-listed as SOC 214)
Race and ethnic relations in world perspective; social, economic, and political problems associated with perception, existence, and accommodation of these groups within the wider society.
The unique culture, religion, history, language, land system, and governance of Native Hawaiians. Transformation of the Hawaiian social system by the capitalist economy. Current issues and Native Hawaiian quest for sovereign governance.
Individual and group problems of identity, identity conflict, culture conflict, inter-ethnic relations. Critical review of available material on Hawai'i.
African American Experience I
Afrocentric perspective. Analysis of the black political/cultural diaspora, including ancient African kingdoms, the slavery experience, organized resistance, emancipation struggles, the Civil War and Reconstruction.
- Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course
African American Experience II
Afrocentric sociopolitical analysis. The struggle for freedom: Reconstruction period, reign of terror, intellectual and cultural awakenings, civil rights movements, contemporary issues.
Ethnicity and Community: Hawai'i (Summer only)
Site visits to museums, social welfare units, etc., as well as guest lecturers from the community including police, health, education.
Asian American (Cross-listed as AMST 318)
History of selected Asian immigrant groups from the 19th century to the present. Topics include: immigration and labor history, Asian American movements, literature and cultural productions, community adaptations and identity formation.
Hawai'i and the Pacific
Hawai'i as part of the Pacific community: selected historical and contemporary problems of Pacific areas; cultural and economic imperialism, land alienation, and the impact of development on Pacific peoples.
Japanese in Hawai'i
Issei roots in Japan; the role of Japanese in labor, politics, and business; sansei and perspectives on local identity and culture. The Japanese in light of changing economic, social, and political conditions in Hawai'i today.
Chinese America: History, Politics, and Representation
Ethnohistorical and contemporary view of the experiences of the Chinese in Hawai'i and the U.S. mainland; specific roles and contributions; immigration, social organization, and identity.
Filipinos in Hawai'i
Historical and contemporary experiences; immigration; traditional culture and values; plantation experience; labor organizing; development of Filipino community; racism; discrimination; and ethnic identity.
American Indian Experience
Provides a comprehensive look at the indigenous foundation of life and society in the Americas and elaborates on historical and contemporary importance of American Indian rights issues.
South Asian Migrants: Culture and Politics (Cross-listed as WS 339)
(Once a year)
Historical and contemporary experiences of South Asian migrants in North America, Pacific, Caribbean, and/or African diasporas; causes and patterns of migration, inter-ethnic relations policies; role of race, gender, culture in community, identity formation.
Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i
Dynamics of change: indigenous Hawaiian land tenure; Great Mahele and Kuleana Act; ethnic succession of land ownership; concentration of ownership today; effects of land development on ethnic communities.
Economic Change & Hawai'i's People
Development of modern Hawaiian economy and impact on Hawai'i's people. Sugar, pineapple, and tourism industries; role of local and multinational corporations; scenarios for Hawai'i's future development.
Immigration to Hawai'i and U.S.
Historical overview: "push and pull factors"; effects of changing economy; experiences of various ethnic groups; problems of recent immigrants; immigration policies in the U.S. and Hawai'i.
Pacific/Asian Women in Hawai'i (Cross-listed as WS 360)
Adaptive strategies of Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Samoan, and Southeast Asian women in Hawai'i; feminist anthropological and historical analysis.
Literatures in Hawai'i (Cross-listed as ENG 370)
Writings of various ethnic groups in Hawai'i, ancient to contemporary. Songs, stories, poetry, fiction, essays that illustrate the social history of Hawai'i.
Asian American Literature (Cross-listed as ENG 372)
Basic concepts and representative texts for the study of Asian American literature by writers from a variety of backgrounds.
Filipino Americans: History, Culture and Politics (Cross-listed as AMST 373)
An introduction to the study of Filipino Americans in the U.S. and the diaspora. The course pays special attention to labor migration, cultural production and community politics.
Issues of Diversity in Higher Education (Spring only)
Examines issues of diversity within higher education. Examines different dimensions of diversity including ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, and sexual orientation. Will utilize national and local case studies.
Fieldwork in Ethic Studies
Specialized supervision of individual student research projects in historical, oral history, or contemporary problems. Repeatable to total of 6 credit hours.
Social Movements in Hawai'i
Role of various contemporary movements for social change in Hawai'i: community, ethnic, labor, student, etc. Theories of social movements and social change.
Gender and Race in U.S. Society (Cross-listed with WS 390)
Historical and sociological studies of race and gender in U.S. society; grassroots feminist and racial/justice activism on the continent and in Hawai'i.
Change in the Pacific — Polynesia
Impact of cultural and physical change and their interrelationship.
Multiethnic Popular Culture: Hip Hop
Historic, social, cultural and political aspects of the formation and development of Hip Hop culture in Hawai'i and other Pacific islands. Special attention is paid to the significance of Hip Hop in facilitating cultural interactions.
Repeatable up to 6 credits.
Race, Class, and the Law
Historical context and implications of landmark court decisions and legal issues affecting social change in ethnic communities in Hawai'i and the continental U.S.
Women and Work (Cross-listed as SOC 418 and WS 418)
Gender and racial division of labor nationally and internationally; racial and gender differentials in wages, training, working conditions and unemployment; historical trends and future directions.
American Ethnic and Race Relations
Surveys ethnic and race relations in the U.S. Focus on historical conflicts and critical issues such as racism, immigration, affirmative action, changing economic structures, and the role of government.
Contemporary Diasporas in Comparative Perspective
Compares the circumstances under which contemporary Asian, Pacific Islander, or African migrants form diasporas across the globe; focus on a particular ethnic group to examine its site-specific experiences.
Filipino Americans: Research Topics (Cross-listed as AMST 401)
A research seminar on the study of Filipino Americans. Special themes in film/video/media, the performing arts, or literature may be offered.
(Alpha) Topics in Comparative Ethnic Conflict
Causes and dynamics of ethnic conflicts with attention to problem resolution; (B) Middle East; (C) Hawaiian sovereignty in Pacific context.
Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai'i (Cross-listed as SOC 456)
The historical and contemporary social processes involved in inter-ethnic relations in Hawai'i.
Global Ethnic Conflict
Ethnic conflicts cause most wars on our globe today. Theory and case studies will examine the causes and consequences of ethnic conflicts and how to prevent them.
Oceanic ES: Theories & Methods
Engagement with theoretical elements & qualitative & quantitative research methods of Oceanic Ethnic Studies: theories of class, race, indignity, migrancy, diaspora and political economy; Community-based and participatory research methods.
Peoples of Hawai'i (Cross-listed as ANTH 486) (Once a year)
Critically examines the historical and contemporary experiences of various people of Hawai'i and utilizes anthropological and ethnic studies approaches to study identity, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, sex, class, land, and residence.
Politics of Multiculturalism (Cross-listed as SOC 492)
The development of ethnic relations and political approaches to multiculturalism in two multiethnic nations: Canada and the U.S.
Oral History: Theory and Practice
Literature and methodology; project design. Students develop and execute an oral history project.
Hawaiian Labor History
Conditions of work under varying political, social, and economic transformations in Hawai'i; anthropological, sociological, and historic data.
Special Topics in Ethnic Studies
Selected Themes in ethnic studies exploring current issues and new topics; taught by regular and visiting faculty. Repeatable two times.