New Courses for Spring 2019


New Courses for Spring 2019


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Critical studies/perspectives on immigration

Friday 2 – 4

Krystal Perkins


The course will consist of engagement with selected readings in postcolonial, critical race, critical discourse analytic theories/perspectives as they relate to immigration. In particular, the course will examine how the language of (e.g., discourse) and the debate around the transnational movement of people are influenced and partly determined by deep-seated legacies of racism and colonialism. The problem posed by the course relates to the persistence and resistance of racist and colonial forms.

Listening Guide

Tuesday 4:15 – 6:15

Deborah Tolman


The Listening Guide method of narrative data analysis is a psychological methodology and a method that enables researchers to analyze various forms of qualitative data (interviews, texts of any kind, performances, etc., in which a or multiple narrators can be identified) and develop interpretations in order to answer research questions about lived experience, in particular though not exclusively involving difficult decisions and taboo dimensions of the personal and the social.  The LG is a psychodynamic approach that is most often combined with critical theories and cultural analyses to investigate intrapsychic, interpersonal and social processes in a wide variety of contexts.  This class will serve as an introduction to the ontology, epistemology and practice of the methodology and method, including its roots in psychoanalysis, its role in and relationship to the (re) emergence of qualitative research, engagement with a research question, interviewing, the technical strategies the comprise the method and an initial foray into trying and developing interpretations of analysis.  The dimensions of asking and pursuing a real question, the touchstone of curiosity, the layered nature of human experience, the challenges of making and developing interpretations, along with the techniques that make the methodology/method reliable, trustworthy and credible will be covered.


Critical Race Scholarship: Theory and Pedagogy, Spring 2019 (PSYC 80103)

Dr. Michelle Billies (KCC) and  Dr. Soniya Munshi (BMCC)

Thursdays 11:45-1:45

In this interdisciplinary course, graduate students will engage with critical race scholarship to build from and integrate this scholarship into their own research and pedagogy. Readings will span an expansive array of critical race theories and methods. Scholarly traditions will include transnational and diasporic feminisms; Black geographies and Caribbean philosophies; indigenous studies and critical ethnic studies; critical whiteness studies; queer studies; disability studies; activist scholarship; and, literature addressing pedagogical approaches in these areas. Students will use course readings to craft a writing project useful in their research or teaching. They may deepen an understanding of a particular theorist or body of work; rewrite the philosophical or theoretical underpinning of their research; create a course, syllabi and/or set of teaching plans; collaborate with another student to generate theory or a team-taught course; examine internalized dominance or internalized racism and its relationship to their scholarly work or teaching; or another project they propose. Students will be invited to contribute a reading to the syllabus.

Contemporary challenges in the academy and society at large confirm the crucial need for intellectual engagement with critical theories of race and intersectionality that address systemic, historic racism. This graduate course is a means of proliferating knowledge and critiques of race in and out of the academy while developing strategies for furthering this work in the undergraduate classroom.  The pedagogical approach will foster open discussion of personal relationships to the readings as well as experiences of race and ethnicity.



Queer Psychology

Kevin Nadal

Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30


Queer Psychology will provide an overview of the major issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity in the field of psychology. The course will review historical and contemporary contexts of heterosexism and genderism, and its impact on individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). Using lectures, discussions, self-reflection activities, and other media tools, students will also learn about culturally competent skills in working with these populations.


Community Based Research

Maria Elena Torre

Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15


Rooted in an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach to community based research, we will be working through questions of epistemology, theory, methods and ethics in community based and participatory action research. Workshopping of students’ projects a key feature of the course.

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