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Fall 2014

SOCY1073 - States, Markets and Bodies CORE Course (Hoang)

An introduction to the Political Economy this course will introduce students to theories, concepts and tools for studying relations between states and markets that affects the structure of power relationships. Taking a global approach we will examine the different forms of state repression, the consequences of a neoliberal and decentralized global market, and its affects on individual people/workers. This course is motivated by three inter-related questions: (1) What is the appropriate role of the government in the economy? (2) How should states govern its citizens? (3) What is the role of individuals who make up civil society?



IS53003 - Globalization and International Migration (Hoang)

Over the past two decades the concept of “globalization” has taken academia by storm. The movement of people, capital, and cultures across borders has profoundly reshaped local structures transforming the everyday lives of people in every corner of the globe. In this course we will explore several factors that shape a global world including the role of nation states, economic capital, and laws that permit or inhibit the movement of people across borders. This course will address several questions. What role do nation states play in the movement of people and capital around the world? What explains why some people migrate across international borders? We will then consider the question: What happens to immigrants upon migration? How do host societies receive them? How do they incorporate and integrate into their host societies? This course will also closely examine gendered patterns of migration in the 20th century and examine female migrants whose work plays a vital role in the contemporary global economy. We will analyze the growing feminized service economies of maids, nannies, and service workers who play a vital role shaping the political economy. Racialized and classed relations figure prominently into patterns of globalization, which uniquely shape changing dynamics of globalization and international migration.



UNA3354.01 - Culture, Identity, and the Asian American Experience (Liem)

This seminar explores self and identity as products of shared culture and history as well as individual life experience and development. It focuses specifically on the complexities of ethnic and racial identity among Asian Americans drawing on contributions from psychology, nineteenth and twentieth century Asian American history, and Asian American literary works. Students are also introduced to current social issues that are especially relevant to Asian-American communities.



HIST4466.01 - Adoption and Kinship in America (Oh)

In this class we will examine ideas of family and kinship by studying the history of adoption and family-making in the United States. How have Americans defined and enacted family and kinship? What is the relationship between these ideas and concepts of race, culture, class, gender, nation, rights, citizenship and identity? What do American practices of adoption tell us about how these concepts have changed over time? This course covers the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th century and examines policies, cultural representations, experiences and controversies through a variety of sources.



ENGL2246.01 - Introduction to Asian American Literature (Song)

This course is a broad introduction to Asian American literature, criticism, and culture. This means that we will read at least one book-length work from each of the following ethnic groups: Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, South Asian, and Vietnamese. Together, the readings provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the long sweep of Asians in America struggling to give expression to their experiences. Discussion will often touch on many sensitive topics, so I wish to emphasize the importance of keeping an open mind, being respectful of others' opinions, and keeping up with the reading.