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AAS 325 • Asian American Jurisprudence
TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 306
(also listed as
AMS 321, GOV 357M )
Flags: Cultural Diversity in the U.S., Ethics and Leadership
Throughout the history of the United States, the law and the legal system have shaped nearly every facet of Asian American life. The law can be used to exclude, to empower, and sometimes even to define the very meaning and definition of one’s community and identity. Apart from the law itself, the court system, as the main forum for the discussion and resolution of legal disputes, has also had tremendous power to influence the lives and experiences of Asian Americans. Whether it is immigration, national security, or the pursuit of happiness, the law has had and will continue to have a profound impact on the lives of Asian Americans everywhere.
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the study of Asian Americans and the law. Students will examine the historical development of US law and its relationship to Asian Americans, as well as the development of Asian American jurisprudence as an independent field of legal scholarship. In addition, this course will provide students the tools to think critically about Asian Americans and the law by introducing students to principles of legal reasoning and analysis and the major schools of legal thought. Topics will include immigration, civil rights, affirmative action, and access to justice. Students will also learn about the common law system, legal positivism, legal realism, economic analysis of law, and critical race theory.
We will approach this course like a law school class. The majority of the readings consist of primary source court opinions, and class time will focus on deepening student understanding of the course material through the Socratic method of question and answer. Grading will be based on participation, five reading quizzes, a midterm, and a final. Participation will be measured by quality, not quantity; what matters is not whether students can give a “right” or “wrong” answer, but whether student responses demonstrate a familiarity with the reading and a genuine effort to think critically about the subject matter.
AAS 310 • Race, Iden, & Pols In Asian Am
TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 303
(also listed as
GOV 314 )
This course will serve as an introduction to American politics and critical race theory, with a focus on the Asian American community. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential election, students will gain an understanding of the American political process, and the historic and contemporary role of Asian Americans within that process. We will explore whether and how factors such as race, religion, transnationalism and socio-economic and immigration status affect political participation.