AMST 381
The Legal History of Asian America Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 381 / HIST 381

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This course will focus on how certain legal structures have shaped the Asian American experience. We will examine the impact of the laws that are part of the anti-Chinese movement, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, school desegregation, citizenship cases, and other legal decisions that have influenced the development of Asian American history.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3282
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 2- to 3-page response papers, two-5- to 7-page essays, one final paper of 15 pages
Prerequisites: none, open to all students
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 381 Division II HIST 381 Division II
DPE Notes: This class will cover immigration law, civil rights law, and gender relations, all under the umbrella of legal decisions which determined the racial, class, and gender makeup of the Asian American population from the late-1800s to the present.
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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