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Diversity and Social Justice Series

IDST 80A: Racism (1/2 unit) A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of racism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the US. Expanding one's knowledge about racism, increasing personal awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

IDST 80C: Sexism (1/2 unit) Explore the personal, cultural and institutional dimensions of sexism and develop strategies to address this and other forms of oppression in your daily life. This course features participatory learning, videos, guest speakers and a lot of dialogue. Break down the barriers that keep us apart and empower yourself with knowledge to create social change.

IDST 80D: Heterosexism (1/2 unit) This course is a consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of homophobia/heterosexism on individual, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels in the United States. The primary goals of this short course are to expand one's knowledge about heterosexism and related forms of oppression (homophobia, biphobia, transphobia), increase personal awareness of one's own heterosexism and assumptions, and to apply this knowledge and awareness towards individual and social change.

IDST 80E: Ableism (1/2 unit) A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of ableism and its impact on individual lives, interpersonal relationships, and institutional and cultural entities in the United States. The course will increase knowledge about disability, including disability as difference/minority experience, and also challenge assumptions about disability and people with disabilities. The application of this knowledge/awareness towards individual and social change is emphasized.

IDST 80F: Classism (1/2 unit) A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of classism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the United States. Expanding one's knowledge about classism, increasing personal awareness of one's own classism and assumptions, and the application of knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

IDST 80G: Transphobia (1/2 unit) The course provides a critical understanding of transphobia within the context of diversity and social justice, and expands on one's knowledge, resources, and skills to explore, examine, and evaluate transphobia on multiple levels: self, interpersonal, community/societal, and systemic/institutional. The course allows students to establish a common language about trans identities, dispel myths and stereotypes about trans people, examine systems of oppression and privilege regarding gender identity and gender expression, explore effects of transphobia (including internalized transphobia), and develop strategies to identify and overcome transphobia through a variety of interactive teaching methods including music, video clips, short lectures, interactive exercises, small and large group discussions, and guest speakers.

IDST 81B: Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism (1 unit) A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arabism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the United States. Expanding one's knowledge about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arabism, increasing personal awareness of one's socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

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Groundswell

IDST 70: Architecture and Diversity is offered in collaboration with Groundswell. Groundswell, envisioned as a center for architecture and design, was founded to examine from a cross-cultural perspective the effects of environmental design on daily life, and to increase understanding of basic building and design principles within a social context. Groundswell's goals involve education on several levels: increasing architectural literacy among the general population: promoting a user/architect collaborative model; and encouraging underrepresented populations to enter architecture and related professions.

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Middle East Studies

IDST 29: Introduction to Islam (3 units) This study of Islamís origins, cardinal principals and practices will cover the following and related topics: the five basic tenants of the Islamic faith; guidelines for an ethically sound life; duties and obligations of a Muslim in relation to the Creator and in relation to other human beings; comparison between Islam and other major religions and between Islamic cultures and other major world cultures.

IDST 30: Demystifying the Middle East (3 units) This interdisciplinary survey of the Middle East introduces students to the cultural and religious diversity of the region, highlighting contributions in various disciplines, including science, art, music and literature. It also examines depictions of the region and its people in Western art, literature, media and current political discourse.

and from the Diversity and Social Justice Series:

IDST 81B: Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism (1 unit) A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arabism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the United States. Expanding one's knowledge about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arabism, increasing personal awareness of one's socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

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Multimedia Studies Program

The Multimedia Studies Program has moved to the Graphic Communications Department.

   Multimedia Studies Program Website

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