WGSS 409 Fall 2014 Transnationalism and Difference: Comparative Perspectives (D) (W)

Cross Listed as AMST411, LATS409
In the age of satellite television, e-mail, and mobile applications such as WhatsApp and Skype, transnational living has rapidly emerged as the norm as opposed to the exception. However, what does it really mean to "be transnational"? How are the lived experiences of transnational individuals and communities shaped by categories of difference such as gender, ethno-racial identity, sexuality, and class? What impacts do the growing number of transnational citizens and residents in the U.S. have on our understanding of "American" identity in the local, national, and global contexts? In this interdisciplinary, comparative course we will analyze recent theories regarding the origins and impacts of transnationalism. Particular attention will be paid throughout the semester to the interplay of gender, ethno-racial identity, sexuality, and class in connection with everyday transnational dynamics. The broad range of case studies examined includes China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Middle East.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, an original 12-15 page research paper conducted in stages, and peer editing
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: LATS 105, WGSS 101 or AMST 201; junior or senior standing
Enrollment Preference: Latina/o Studies concentrators, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors, and American Studies majors by seniority
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,ASAM Related Courses,INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,LATS 400-level Seminars
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1469
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
WGSS 409 - 01 (F) SEM Transnationalism (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Maria Elena Cepeda
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 241 1469 Open
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