Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog
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AMES 230 - Introduction to Critical Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies

Credits: 5
Provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of Asian American & Pacific Islander in the United States and its territories. Examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, immigration/migration, citizenship, labor, racialization, exclusion, social and political activism and social movements, family, community-building, war, imperialism, sovereignty, (post) colonialisms, transnationalism, culture, and creative expressions.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for ENGL& 101  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science and Diversity
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Explicate how race intersects with gender, sexualities, and socio-economic class.
  2. Compare and contrast the history and cultural production of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, within both multiracial American and transnational contexts.
  3. Evaluate critical theories and methodologies to identify the structural and ideological forces that shape the lives of Asian American & Pacific Islander.

Program Outcomes
  1. Articulate knowledge of comparative and interdisciplinary topics related to Black, Indigenous, and other People of color’s narratives.
  2. Demonstrate skill in community organizing. 

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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