LATS 330 Fall 2013 Connective Approaches to Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora

Cross Listed as AMST330
This course explores the overlapping, intersecting, and intertwined experiences of distinct enthoracial communities in the United States. Students will investigate these experiences from a relational and connective point of view to tease out the contested meanings of nation, citizenship, community, rights, and struggle. For example, we will examine the 1947 school desegregation case involving Mexican Americans in California, Mendez v. Westminster, and its relationship to African American civil rights, Puerto Rican migration, and Japanese internment. Mendez v. Westminster, when approached from a connective perspective, reveals a multiracial and diasporic landscape that is more complex than previously considered. A connective approach to Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora allows us to uncover important episodes of collaboration and tension that have been rendered invisible when studied independently. Working with ethnography, history, literature, critical essays, visual culture, and popular culture, this course focuses on the complicated bonds among multiracial constituencies and potential future forms of collaboration.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation, writing/discussion exercises, short papers, and a final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: course work in American Studies and/or Latina/o Studies, or consent of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Latina/o Studies concentrators and American Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 1217
LATS330-01(F) SEM Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora Division 2: Social Studies Cancelled 1217
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