Diversity Courses at PLNU
Diversity Course Offerings at PLNU
This is a brief sampling of courses offered at PLNU that highlight and focus on issues of diversity and pluralism.
ECO 440 (2) RACIAL AND GENDER ISSUES IN ECONOMICS AND EDUCATION
A study of social issues pertaining to race and gender in economics and education. The economic status of different races and genders is examined, and the impact of educational opportunity on races, genders and economic status are discussed. The extent to which discrimination inhibits educational opportunity and economic status is considered.
- Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
- Recommended: Economics 102 or Education 300.
HIS 375 (3) AFRICAN CULTURES AND HISTORIES
An interdisciplinary examination of the social and cultural histories of Africa with emphasis on the contact between Africans and Europeans since the late Nineteenth Century. Crosslisted with Sociology 375. Offered fall of odd years.
HIS 435 (4) Asian-American History: 1800 to THE Present
This course introduces the field of Asian American history, which examines the experiences of people of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry in the United States.
HIS 350 (4) ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION
This course surveys the history of the Islamic world from the birth of Muhammad to 1800, with special focus on the religion of Islam and its impact on diverse Muslim societies.
LIT 437 (3) WOMEN WRITERS–WS
Considers women writers from a specific chronological period from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The time period, themes and genres considered vary from year to year. The course focuses on questions related to gender, class, and race.
- Recommended: Literature 250.
HIS 475 (4) TOPICS IN WOMEN’S HISTORY–WS
This seminar explores themes in the field of women’s history. Women’s roles and historical contributions, the context of gender relations, and methodologies of social and intellectual history studied within a specific era or topic in American or world history.
LIT 345 (3) AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
An advanced study of the African American literary tradition in its cultural context from its beginnings in African American vernacular culture, until the present.
- Recommended: Literature 250.
NSG 446 (3) HEALTH OF WOMEN IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
Explores the relationships between society, culture, environment, the health of women and the health care services women receive. The approach is global or international in perspective. Participants are expected to research their own cultural heritage and describe what impact this heritage has on personal health expectations and use of health care services in American society.
POL 190 (4) THE POLITICS OF RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER–GE/WS
An introduction to politics, using an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary controversies surrounding issues of ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender. The course includes historical, legal, and political perspectives. Offered every fall.
POL 330 (4) THE DEVELOPMENT OF FEMINIST THOUGHT–WS
A survey of the development of various strands of feminist thought, and engagement in current conversations within and about feminism.
POL 415 (4) WOMEN AND POLITICS–WS
An examination of women’s role in political life. The content includes analysis of gender as a legitimate category of political inquiry, gender-based social movements, women’s political participation, and the impact of political systems and public policy on women.
POL 450 (2) ISSUES OF GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS
This course reviews the causes of such gross violations of human rights as genocide, torture, and “ethnic cleansing,” the corpus of international human rights law, and emerging areas of human rights concern.
SOC 201 (3) CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
An introduction to the basic concepts, methods and findings of cultural anthropology. Emphasis is on the comparative study of contemporary cultures to develop an understanding of the cultural diversity that confronts society and the common threads that bind people together.
SOC 303 (3) URBAN ISSUES
An interdisciplinary exploration of life as it is experienced in the urban environment. Students are exposed to broad issues of global urban life with particular focus on the San Diego/Tijuana metroplex. Special attention is given to the variety of ways people create meaningful lives for themselves in multicultural, urban environments and to the social organization that supports the life of the poor. Offered as a summer course in even years.
- Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
SOC 360 (3) RACE AND ETHNICITY
An analysis of historical and current social factors relating to various ethnic, racial, and status groups. Focus is upon issues of discrimination and oppression.
SOC 222 (1) EXPLORING DIVERSITY THROUGH INTERGROUP DIALOGUE
This course engages students, from one or more cultural identity groups, in facilitated dialogue about the similarities and differences of experience that exist within a group and/or between and across groups. The goal of intergroup dialogue is for students to develop comfort with, and skill in, discourse on difficult topics toward the end of fostering positive, meaningful, and sustained cross-group relationships.
SPA 310 (3) LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
The history and civilization of Latin America including indigenous and Hispanic cultures of Mexico, Central, and South America from pre-colonial times to the present. Conducted in Spanish.
- Prerequisite: Spanish 251 or consent of instructor.
SPA 320 (3) MEXICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
A survey of major 20th century Mexican American writers and their cultural heritage in the United States. Genres for consideration include short story, poetry, novel, and drama. Conducted in Spanish.
- Prerequisites: Spanish 302 and 303 or consent of instructor.
In addition, the following academic centers provide resources, support, and opportunities for acquiring cultural competence.