AMST 411
Transnationalism and Difference: Comparative Perspectives Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed LATS 409 / AMST 411 / WGSS 409

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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 1493
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, an original 12-15 page research paper conducted in stages, and peer editing
Prerequisites: LATS 105, WGSS 101 or AMST 201; junior or senior standing
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors, and American Studies majors by seniority
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 409 Division II AMST 411 Division II WGSS 409 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASAM Related Courses
GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LATS 400-level Seminars

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