LATS 409
Transnationalism and Difference: Comparative Perspectives Fall 2016 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as AMST411 / WGSS409 / LATS409
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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 1612
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, an original 12-15 page research paper conducted in stages, and peer editing
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
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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