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Ethnic Studies: ETHN 230 Introduction to Social Justice and Ethnic Studies

Course Description

ETHN 230 - Introduction to Social Justice & Ethnic Studies

Explores the evolution, impact, and future of Ethnic Studies through the history of the social justice and racial equality movements in the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s. Shows how Ethnic Studies emerged as an academic discipline to provide a relevant education in contrast to ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, and white supremacy. Practices applied methodologies in Social Justice and Ethnic Studies, providing depth of insight into struggles and mobilization strategies for equity, self-determination, liberation, decolonization, and anti-racism. 

Instructor Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Mario Espinoza-Kulick

Pronouns: he/él


Fall Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 1 PM - 4 PM SLO Campus, Room 4040

Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, SLO Campus, Room 4040

Instructor: Dr. Sebastian Ferrada

Pronouns: They/Them


Office Hours:


Tuesday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM via Zoom

Thursday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM via email

Tues. 2:30-3:30PM and Wed. 3:30-4:30PM at North County Campus (NCC), Room N4024

Textbooks and required readings

Required Materials

  • Textbook: Kay Fischer, Mario Alberto Viveros Espinoza-Kulick, Ulysses Acevedo, Teresa Hodges, Melissa Leal, and Tamara Cheshire, Introduction to Ethnic Studies. Open Educational Resource: LibreTexts, 2023. Available online
  • Journal articles, book chapters, and media will be assigned and made available on Canvas. Students are responsible for accessing and/or renting these materials as required.

Opportunity Atlas

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Voices


Zine Collection