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286.4 sec. 001 - Asian Americans and the Law (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Leti Volpp  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 107
From August 23, 2023
To November 29, 2023

Course Start: August 23, 2023
Course End: November 29, 2023
Class Number: 32160

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

Course description:
Since the 19th century, American law has shaped the demographics, experiences, and possibilities of Asian Americans. Asian Americans have also dramatically shaped the course of American Law. In this seminar we will examine this relationship through discussing cases, law review articles, and scholarship in Asian American studies.

The course will be primarily organized around particular themes shaping the racialization of Asian Americans, which might include immigration exclusion, disenfranchisement from citizenship, racial triangulation, colonialism, internment and redress, 9/11 and its aftermath, U.S. militarism and the creation of refugees, and COVID-19 violence. We could pick myriad themes around which to organize a course such as this. As a result, the intent of the course is for maximum flexibility in order to accommodate student interest. The final syllabus will be determined by class consensus during our initial meetings.

The readings will be deliberately interdisciplinary, and stage a conversation about legal questions from several vantage points. Students with primarily legal training may be exposed to Asian American Studies texts rooted in fields such as literature, history, political theory, cultural studies, and anthropology.

Course requirements include critical reading and reflection with short responses to readings, collaborative learning and class participation including co-leading class discussion, and the writing of a final research paper (20 pages double-spaced) on a topic of your choice. We will work throughout the semester on the different stages of the research paper and you will have the opportunity to receive both peer and instructor feedback.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Race and Law Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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