Courses

2011-2012

H. Samy Alim

EDUC 389X (ANTHRO 320A, LING 253):
Race, Ethnicity, and Language
This seminar explores the linguistic construction of race and ethnicity across a wide variety of contexts and communities. Throughout the course, we will take a comparative perspective and highlight how different racial/ethnic formations participate in similar, yet different, ways of "doing race" though language, interaction and culture. Readings draw heavily from perspectives in (linguistic) anthropology and sociolinguistics. WINTER.

CSRE 15:
OccupyArt: Immigration, Nation, and the Art of Occupation
This course consists of film screenings, dialogues, and performances that engage critically with the theme of Occupation across contexts, exploring both the potential and limitations of the "Art of Occupation." Students will engage some of the most provocative artists, writers, and thinkers of our times to consider the purpose of the arts across diverse communities that engage Occupation in local, transnational and global perspective. SPRING (with Jeff Chang).

EDUC 121X (AFRICAAM 121X, AMSTUD 121X, ANTHRO 121A, CSRE 121X, LINGUIST 155):
Hip Hop, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language
Focus is on issues of language, identity, and globalization, with a focus on Hip Hop cultures and the verbal virtuosity within the Hip Hop nation. Beginning with the U.S., a broad, comparative perspective in exploring youth identities and the politics of language in what is now a global Hip Hop movement. Readings draw from the interdisciplinary literature on Hip Hop cultures with a focus on sociolinguistics and youth culture. SPRING.

EDUC 301X (LINGUIST 253A):
Workshop on Race, Ethnicity, and Language in Schools
The Workshop on Race, Ethnicity, and Language in Schools is a new School of Education initiative that examines the profound and enduring relationships between race, ethnicity, and language in education in the U.S. and elsewhere. The seminar brings together an inderdisciplinary group of leading scholars and graduate students in language in education to address the role of race and ethnicity in a host of complex and controversial language educational issues that cut across the areas of practice, policy, and pedagogy. SPRING.

Arnetha F. Ball

AFRICAAM 101E:
AAAS Lecture Series: Race and Education
AAAS will host weekly lectures focused on issues of Race and Education. Scholars from across the country will cover topics such as the school to prison pipeline, the African America Achievement gap, how race impacts student's access to STEM careers, the environmental stress of associated with race, the need for school community partnership and understanding, and how school administrators and teachers use their understanding of race to impact schools. WINTER.

EDUC 103B, EDUC 337 (AFRICAAM 106, CSRE 103B):
Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices
Focus is on classrooms with students from diverse racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Studies, writing, and media representation of urban and diverse school settings; implications for transforming teaching and learning. Issues related to developing teachers with attitudes, dispositions, and skills necessary to teach diverse students. SPRING.

EDUC 112X, EDUC 212X (AFRICAAM 112, SOC 129X, SOC 229X):
Urban Education
Combination of social science and historical perspectives trace the major developments, contexts, tensions, challenges, and policy issues of urban education. SPRING.

EDUC 243:
Writing Across Languages and Cultures: Research in Writing and Writing Instruction
This course aims to challenge old assumptions and paradigms of writing and teaching writing and to investigate what we now know about teaching writing across cultures and communities. We will begin at home, with the languages and cultures students bring with them to the classroom, focusing particularly on the struggle of African Americans, Latino/Latinas, Chicano/Chicanas, and Native Americans, and move to broader transnational contexts as we go along. Our focus will be on the development of conceptual frameworks and equipping ourselves to teach on the borderlands. WINTER.

EDUC 322:
Discourse of Liberation and Equity in Schools and Society
This course aims to provide theoretical frameworks, strategies, and tools for analyzing issues of power, knowledge, and identity through spoken and written texts. It focuses on the ways in which educational discourses function to preserve, promote, or challenge the social reproduction of inequality in schools and society. The course combines readings of theoretical scholarship and empirical research, in-class discussions, and "hands-on" analysis of selected texts. WINTER.

John R. Rickford

LINGUIST 65, LINGUIST 265 (AFRICAAM 21):
African American Vernacular English
The English vernacular spoken by African Americans in big city settings, and its relation to Creole English dialects spoken on the S. Carolina Sea Islands (Gullah), in the Caribbean, and in W. Africa. The history of expressive uses of African American English (in soundin' and rappin'), and its educational implications. Service Learning Course (certified by Haas Center). WINTER.

LINGUIST 66, LINGUIST 266:
Vernacular English and Reading
Discusses some of the literature on the relation between use of vernacular English varieties (e.g. African American Vernacular English, Chicano English) and the development of literacy (especially in Standard English). But our primary focus is on improving the reading skills of African American and Latino students in local schools through the Reading Road program developed at the University of Pennsylvania. Students must commit to tutoring one or more elementary students weekly, using the program. SPRING.

LINGUIST 250:
Sociolinguistic Theory and Analysis
Methods of modeling the patterned variation of language in society. Emphasis is on variation, its relation to social structure and practice, and its role in linguistic change. Intersection between quantitative and qualitative analysis, combining insights of sociology and linguistic anthropology with quantitative linguistic data. AUTUMN.

LINGUIST 259:
Topics in Sociolinguistics
Topics vary by quarter. Current topic is language attitudes. SPRING.