A Program for Developing Scholars
CULTURE AND EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA'S (IM)MIGRANT COMMUNITIES
This course focuses on the various waves of (im)migration and the sociohistoric, legal, and cultural tensions surrounding the diverse (im)migrant communities in California. Students will analyze narrative stories, films, and other cultural artifacts documenting the history of immigration and migration to Los Angeles. Students will also examine the topic of immigration and education by situating it within historical, legislative, and cultural debates on what it means to be an American and who has the right to an education. Moreover, students will examine the role of youth cultures in the identity formation of immigrant youth. Students will build critical and interpretive capacities through their examination of legal, empirical, and literary texts. Additionally, through the construction and revision of several expository writings, students will hone their writing, argumentation, and presentation skills. This course is taught by Professor Christianakis, Professor Fernández, and Professor Mora.
While mathematics is widely held to be the only true "universal language", history suggests the ways in which human communities have developed and used mathematical knowledge is always highly-specific to their particular cultural contexts. This course examines the ways mathematics is useful for developing a deeper understanding of contemporary social justice issues, towards the end of helping students develop a more critical sociomathematical episteme. Through the exploration of discrete topics in math and discussion of key 'texts', students will develop an understanding of mathematics as a necessary and vital "critical cultural activity" that can further prepare them to be thoughtful, active, and well-informed participants in a democratic society. This course is tought by Professor Heldmam.
Both academic programs leave Friday and Sunday open for field trips.
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