Ethnic Studies: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Experiences

Course Description

This Ethnic Studies course examines Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander experiences in the context of Native American and Indigenous Studies. Students will learn core concepts in the study of indigeneity, colonialism, and indigenous sovereignty. Special attention will be paid to the intersections of race and racism as it relates to class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, and sovereignty. The class has a focus on Hawai’i, Guam, American Sāmoa, and the Marshall Islands which are presently under U.S. colonial rule. Additionally, students will engage with the struggles and solidarity movements of Pacific Islanders in their homelands and in the diaspora. The course broadly covers the regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia; it contextualizes the histories and experiences of the Pacific in conversation with Native American, Latinx, Asian American, and African American scholarship, experiences, and resistance.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
26791 NAIS 31 01Y M······ 11:30 AM-01:20 PM Amanda Sullivan-Lee ONLINE
··W···· 11:30 AM-01:20 PM MLC109

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2022-09-26 to 2022-12-16.
NAIS-031.-01Y: HYBRID, meets on-campus and online. This class meets each week on-campus and online as noted in the class listing. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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