On Campus 8


1991 wurde festgelegt, dass alle Studierenden der UC Berkeley eine sogenannte „american culture class (ac)“ während ihrer undergraduate studies zu besuchen und zu bestehen haben. Ziel dieser Auflage ist es, die Studierenden „to introduce to the diverse cultures of the United States“. In über 40 departments werden solche classes angeboten. ProfessorInnen und lecturers können ihre classes auf ac-approved beantragen. Die classes müssen den folgenden Kriterien genügen:

„The courses that satisfy this requirement must be integrative and comparative and address theoretical and analytical issues relevant to understanding race, culture, and ethnicity in American history and society.  Each course will take substantial account of groups drawn from at least three of the following: African Americans, indigenous peoples of the United States, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latinos, and European Americans. “ (ac-requirement)

Beispiele von classes, die diesen Kriterien entsprechen:

  • American Studies, Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History
  • Asian American Studies, Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Chicano Studies
  • City and Regional Planning, the Urban Community
  • Demography, the American Immigrant Experience
  • Engineering, the Environment, and Society
  • Environmental Justice, Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment
  • Experiencing Education, Diversity and (In)Equality in and beyond Schools
  • Geography, California
  • Legal Studies, Immigration and Citizenship
  • Music in American Culture
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Public Health, Introduction to Community Health and Human Development
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology of Education
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance, the Drama of American Cultures

Dass diese Initiative nicht von ungefähr kommt, wird der nächste Blog „On Campus“ zeigen.