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.)

ES 101

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 213

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 214

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 221

Hawaiians

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 301

Ethnic Identity

Individual and group problems of identity, identity conflict, culture conflict, inter-ethnic relations. Critical review of available material on Hawai'i.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 305

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
  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 306

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 310

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 318

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 320

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 330

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

     

ES 331

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

     

ES 333

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 338

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 339

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One ES or WS course in the 100, 200 or 300 level; or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 340

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 350

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 360

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS course

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 365

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One ANTH, SOC, or WS course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 370

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One ENG DL course or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DL

  • Credits: 3

ES 372

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One ENG DL course or consent

  • Diversification: DL

  • Credits: 3

ES 373

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 375

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course; Junior standing

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 380

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): Faculty member consent

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 1 - 6 (Must be confirmed with instructor)

     

ES 381

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 390

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): ES 101, WS 151, or junior standing

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 392

Change in the Pacific Polynesia

Impact of cultural and physical change and their interrelationship.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 395

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course or instructor consent

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 3

ES 399

Directed Reading/Research

Repeatable up to 6 credits.

  • Prerequisite(s): Faculty member consent

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 1 - 6 (Must be confirmed with instructor)

ES 410

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One 300-level course in ES, POLS, or SOC

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 418

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One 300-level ES or WS course, SOC 300, or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 420

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 440

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 443

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or instructor consent

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 3

ES 455

(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.

  • Prerequisite(s): ES 320 or ES 392, or instructor consent for (C)

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 456

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): SOC 300 or one 300-level ES course or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 460

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One DS or DH course or consent; Junior standing or higher

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 3

ES 480

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One upper division ES or SOCS course or instructor consent

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 3

ES 486

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 492

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): SOC 300 or one 300-level ES course or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DS

  • Credits: 3

ES 493

Oral History: Theory and Practice

Literature and methodology; project design. Students develop and execute an oral history project.

  • Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or instructor consent

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 495

Hawaiian Labor History

Conditions of work under varying political, social, and economic transformations in Hawai'i; anthropological, sociological, and historic data.

  • Prerequisite(s): HIST 151 and HIST 152

  • Diversification: DH

  • Credits: 3

ES 496

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.

  • Prerequisite(s): One 300-level DS or DH course

  • Diversification: None

  • Credits: 3