- American Ethnic Studies
- African American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Chicano/a Studies
- Related Courses
New Courses for Spring 2014
ASIAN AMERICANS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Examines the history and lives of Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest rom the eighteenth century to the present with an emphasis on Washington and Seattle and discussion of Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. Topics include immigration, community building, family, women, politics, labor, culture, and activism.
SOCIO-CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ON AMERICAN ETHNIC GROUPS
Do African American women, compared to Anglo American women with comparable socio-economic status have lower birth-weight children? If so, why does this happen? Do Mexican immigrants, even with relatively lower incomes, tend to be healthier than the average American? Is it also true that the longer they stay in America, and even as their economic status improves, that they start to experience poorer health in various ways? If so, why does this occur? Do the statistics for Japanese American second-generation males show an increasing level of cardiovascular problems, now approaching the American level, while their genetic counterparts in Japan do not evidence this change? If so, what are the reasons for this? We will examine these and other central findings revolving around race, ethnicity, culture, and social-economic factors that affect or cause physical or medical problems in the American ethnic groups. This will be a small lecture course with student participation vital to the learning process.
Special Topics Courses for Spring 2014
IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP AND RIGHTS
This “special topics” course in AES is offered in conjunction with “LSJ 329: Immigration, Citizenship and Rights” in Spring 2014. In this course, we will examine the relationship between citizenship and migration and the impact on rights, broadly defined, in the U.S. How do experiences intersect with law and policy in daily life in constructing membership as an immigrant and citizen, shaping a sense of belonging, and framing one's experience of rights? This course is a sociological examination of formations of political and social memberships that materialize in legislative form, varied stages in documenting status, and of citizens and migrants’ daily experiences in the U.S. Key questions that will be examined throughout the term include: How do states make citizens? How do citizens make states? What does this process look like? What is the consequential impact on social, economic, political and cultural life? Much of our coursework will pay close attention to two major spaces through which citizen[ship] is shaped and contested: identity [race and gender structures] and the social order [labor]. Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with discourses in race, gender and in studies of migration, inequality and globalization.