WGS 322 • Special Topics in Race: Nation and Citizen
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
In spite of the egalitarian rhetoric espoused by democratic nations, race/ ethnicity is a fundamental constitutive factor in nation-making. In this upper division class we ask-how are race/ ethnicity central to the making of various nations' imagined communities? What traditions are invented in the process of nation-building? How do race/ ethnicity mediate citizenship rights and responsibilities? Over the course of the semester we will examine the concept of the nation-state, origins of nation-states, citizenship, multiculturalism, and the implications of multiculturalism for the nation-state. We will be using materials from disciplinary fields such as sociology, political science, anthropology, cultural studies, and political philosophy. In addition to academic readings, we will peruse documentary films, fictional accounts, newspaper articles, etc. to learn more about nationalism and citizenship. Though we analyze nation and citizen in various parts of the world, our focus will remain on Asian Americans, and 20th century United States.
Attendance and Participation: 10% Weekly Critiques (1 pg): 30% Take Home Exams (mid-term and final): 30% each