Asian/Pacific/American Studies (2016 - 2018)
Social and Cultural Analysis 101
SCA-UA 101 Offered every year. 4 points.
Introduces theories, methods, and political trajectories central to the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA). SCA addresses how individuals and populations structure their worlds and navigate the resulting social, cultural, and political terrain. It privileges scholarly work with an intersectional approach, drawing on theoretical insights from such fields as social geography, feminism and queer studies, ethnic studies, urban and metropolitan studies, critical race theory, labor studies, and cultural studies.
Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures
CORE-UA 539 Offered every fall. 4 points.
See description under College Core Curriculum in this Bulletin.
Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience
SCA-UA 301 Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539) can substitute for this course. SCA-UA 301 is offered periodically, CORE-UA 539 is offered every fall. 4 points.
An interdisciplinary introduction, emphasizing historical perspectives and exploring concepts of "home," "community," "Asian," and "American." Topics may include diaspora and migration, colonialism, orientalism, labor, family/community formations, national and international law/policy, intersections of sex/gender/race, education, popular culture and representation, activism, pan/ethnic identities, and electoral politics.
Advanced Research Seminar
SCA-UA 90 Prerequisite: any of the following: Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101), or Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539), or Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301). Offered every semester. 4 points.
Students write a 20-25 page research paper with a focus on a specific research method. Topics vary by semester; see Albert for details.
Senior Honors Seminar
SCA-UA 92 Prerequisites: 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101), and either Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539) or Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301), and permission of the department. Offered every fall. 4 points.
Senior Honors Thesis
SCA-UA 93 Prerequisites: Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92), 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and permission of the department. Offered every spring. 4 points.
SCA Theory & Practice: The Internship Program
The 4-point internship program complements and enhances the formal course work of the A/P/A studies major. Students intern at agencies dealing with a range of issues pertaining to A/P/A studies and take a corequisite seminar that enables them to focus the work experience in meaningful academic terms. The goals of the internship are threefold: (1) to allow students to apply the theory they have gained through course work, (2) to provide students with analytical tools, and (3) to assist students in exploring professional career paths. The internship is open to juniors and seniors and requires an interview and permission of the department.
SCA Theory & Practice: The Internship Program
SCA-UA 42 4 points. Requires ten hours a week of fieldwork.
Asian American Literature
SCA-UA 306 Identical to ENGL-UA 716, COLIT-UA 301. Offered every year. 4 points.
Examines a variety of genres (poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction, literary/cultural criticism, and nontraditional forms) by writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Explores the ways in which the writers treat issues such as racial and ethnic identity, immigration and assimilation, gender, class, sexuality, nationalism, culture and community, history and memory, and art and political engagement.
History and Literatures of the South Asian Diaspora
SCA-UA 313 Identical to ENGL-UA 721, HIST-UA 326. Offered every year. 4 points.
Highlights work on South Asian immigrant communities in the United States in the context of historical migration to the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Offers a multidisciplinary perspective and uses classic as well as new works on South Asians in the United States drawn from history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.
Filming Asian America: Documenting Community
SCA-UA 361 4 points.
Presents filmmaking as a mode of community documentation and filmmakers as historians. Historical and theoretical overview leads to hands-on filmmaking. Students document various aspects of Asian/Pacific American communities in New York— sociocultural and political issues, histories, personal stories, geodynamics of ethnic localities, domestic lives, professions, ethnic festivals and performances, etc.—and produce at least two collective documentaries (10 to 12 minutes each), which may be related or on entirely different subjects.
The Constitution and People of Color
SCA-UA 366 Offered every year. 4 points.
Examines how the American legal system decided constitutional challenges affecting the empowerment of African, Latino, and Asian American communities from the 19th century to the present. Topics include the denial of citizenship and naturalization to slaves and immigrants, government-sanctioned segregation, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the prison industry, police brutality, post-9/11 detention issues, voting rights, and present-day issues.
Reading Race and Representation
SCA-UA 368 4 points.
Addresses race as a structural or material dimension that comprises everyday experience and knowledge and can be "read" in objects, spaces, and events. Uses historical and legal texts, literature, and film, as well as scholarship from anthropology, sociology, and history, to examine concepts and themes related to U.S. ethnic studies and critical race theory (including citizenship, rights, segregation, whiteness, colonialism, labor, migration, and alienness).
"Chinatown" and the American Imagination
SCA-UA 370 Identical to IDSEM-UG 1229. 4 points.
Explores Chinatown in the American imagination and in its New York incarnation. What does Chinatown have to do with the formation of normative "American" identities? What are the possibilities (and limits) of crossing cultural divides? Class members individually and/or in groups research, experience, and document a chain of persons, places, and/or events, creating their own narrative "tour" of this place's meanings.
The Immigrant Imagination
SCA-UA 371 4 points.
Explores a variety of expressive forms produced by migrant subjects—including film, photography, art, and fashion—and how they narrate the experiences of travel and displacement; home and exile; leisure and labor.
Topics in A/P/A Studies
SCA-UA 380 Offered every semester. 4 points.
Specific topics vary from semester to semester. Former topics have included "Yellow Peril": Documenting and Understanding Xenophobia; Transnational Feminism; Cultural Politics of Food; and Politics of Fashion in the Asian Diaspora.
Elementary Filipino I, II
SCA-UA 321, 322 Offered every year. 4 points per term.
Emphasis on mastering basic grammar skills and working vocabulary. Lessons incorporate discussions on history, current events, literature, pop culture, and native values. Includes field trips to Filipino neighborhoods in Queens and Jersey City.
Intermediate Filipino I, II
SCA-UA 323, 324 Offered every year. 4 points per term.
Emphasis on the linguistic rules that enable the student to communicate with more competence. There is also a focus on translation. Lessons use a holistic approach and incorporate discussions on history, current events, literature, pop culture, and native values. Features field trips to Filipino centers in the New York/New Jersey area and guests who converse with students in Filipino about their life and work.
Elementary Cantonese I, II
SCA-UA 331, 332 Offered every year. 4 points per term.
Emphasizes the spoken and written language and conversational proficiency. Covers grammar, listening comprehension, and oral expressions. Teaches students to converse in simple sentences and recognize and write about 350 Chinese characters. Students with passable conversational ability or native speakers from Cantonese-speaking communities should not enroll.
Intermediate Cantonese I, II
SCA-UA 333, 334 Offered every year. 4 points per term.
Emphasis on the linguistic rules that enable students to communicate with more competence. The lessons focus not only on language, but also use a holistic approach and incorporate discussions on history, current events, literature, pop culture, and native values. Includes field trips to Chinatown and other Cantonese-speaking neighborhoods.
The following courses count as electives for the Asian/Pacific/American studies major and minor. See the departmental or program sections in this Bulletin for course descriptions and prerequisites.
Comparative U.S. Ethnic Studies
SCA-UA 224 4 points.
Intersections: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in U.S. History and Politics
SCA-UA 230 4 points.
Ethnicity and the Media
SCA-UA 232 4 points.
Marxist Cultural Theory
SCA-UA 240 4 points.
Couture/Culture: Fashion and Globalization
SCA-UA 253 4 points.
GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
SCA-UA 474 Offered in the fall. 4 points.
Race and Ethnicity
SCA-UA 803 Identical to SOC-UA 135. 4 points.
STEINHARDT SCHOOL OF CULTURE, EDUCATION, AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Education
SCA-UA 755 Identical to TCHL-UE 41. 4 points.