AMCULT 210 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Section: 001 Introduction to Arab American Studies.
Term: FA 2007
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Students will explore questions such as:

  • What are the historical circumstances that have shaped Arab immigration to the U.S.?
  • Where do Arab Americans "fit" within the U.S. racial classification system?
  • What is anti-Arab racism? How has it shifted throughout Arab-American history?
  • What is the significance of gender and sexuality to anti-Arab racism?
  • How did September 11th impact Arab-American communities?
  • What are the cultural forms that Arab immigrants have inherited from their homelands and reproduced in the U.S.? In what ways are these cultural forms gendered?
  • What is the relationship between socioeconomic class and cultural identity among Arab Americans?
  • How have Arab Americans used the arts for cultural and political expression?
  • What is the significance of religious affiliation to Arab-American identity formation?
  • How has U.S. foreign policy impacted Arab-American histories and experiences?

This course explores questions such as these in an interdisciplinary context, focusing on anthropological, historical, literary, and visual materials.

Method of evaluation: Weekly assignments - 40%. A two-page (typed, double spaced) response paper is due every two weeks that summarizes the main argument in the reading and offers the student's critical analysis of the reading. At the end of the paper, two questions for class discussion must be included. Active discussion in class - 10%. Students must demonstrate that they have engaged in the readings; participate in group exercises; and meet with the instructor at least one time during office hours. Midterm essay based on required visit to Arab-American National Museum - 20%. Final group project - 30%. Students will receive an individual and a group grade.

AMCULT 210 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies
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001 (REC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Meets with AAPTIS 291.001.
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