AMST 409
Tracing the Roots of Routes: Comparative Transnationalisms (Senior Seminar in AMST) Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LATS 409
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In the age of satellite television, e-mail, and readily available international phone cards, transnationalism has rapidly become the norm as opposed to the exception. However, what does it really mean to “be transnational”? How do the lived experiences of transnational individuals and communities merge with (and differ from) theoretical notions of the transnational? How do the practices and concepts of diaspora, globalization, and transnationalism overlap? How does the growing number of transnational citizens and residents in this country shape “American” identity on the local, national, and global scales? In this interdisciplinary, comparative course we will analyze contemporary theories regarding the origins and impacts of transnationalism, key critiques regarding the field of transnational studies itself, and transnationalism’s role in the “New” American Studies. Case studies examined in this course include China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Mexico and the Philippines.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3142
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, the completion of an original research paper conducted in stages (abstract, annotated bibliography, outline, and multiple drafts), and peer editing
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators and to American Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 409 Division II LATS 409 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS 400-level Seminars

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