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Courses - Fall 2017
AAST
Asian American Studies Department Site
AAST200
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The aggregate experience of Asian Pacific Americans, from developments in the countries of origin to their contemporary issues. The histories of Asian Pacific American groups as well as culture, politics, the media, and stereotypes, viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Also offered as AMST298C. Credit granted for AAST200 or AMST298C.
AAST201
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST221.
Credit only granted for: AAST201, HIST219G, HIST219M, or HIST221.
Introduction to the history of Asian Americans and Asians in the United States and the Americas and to the field of Asian American Studies, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include theories of race and ethnicity; Asian migration and diaspora to the Americas; Asian American work and labor issues; gender, family, and communities; nationalism and nativism, and anti-Asian movements; Asian Americans in World War II, the Cold War, and the issues in the civil rights & post-civil rights era.
AAST222
Immigration and Ethnicity in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AAST222 or HIST222.
The history of immigration and the development of diverse populations in the United States are examined. Topics include related political controversies, the social experiences of immigrants, ethnicity, generations, migration, inter-group relations, race and diversity in American culture.
AAST298A
Special Topics in Asian American Studies; Islam in/and America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST298I. Credit granted for AAST298A or AMST298I. Islam in/and America examines the history and presence of Islam in the United States, and the construction and evolution of U.S. Muslim identity, community, and culture. A CIC CourseShare online course and part of the DISC initiative (Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum).The instructor is Sylvia Chan- Malik (American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies/Asian American Studies) at Rutgers University, but you enroll and receive credit for it at Maryland. You will also need to be entered into the University of Michigan Canvas course management system. The course meets twice a week in real time using video conferencing technology. For more information about this course, including textbook information and instructions on enrolling, please contact Prof.Janelle Wong (janellew@umd.edu )
AAST378
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AAST388
(Perm Req)
Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AAST398B
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Social Policy and Community Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as PLCY359A. Credit granted for AAST398B or PLCY359A.

This course focuses on how Asian and Pacific Americans are represented in government and throughout social policies in the United States. The ways in which racial and gender dynamics intersect with migration policy, community development, and other pressing issues is explored.
AAST398D
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Filipino American History and Biography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AMST328J. Credit granted for AAST398D or AMST328J.

Focus is placed on Filipino American experiences with an emphasis on identity, community building and organizing to influence public policy. We will cover pertinent events from the US and Philippine history in order to understand the impact of colonialism, migration, immigration and assimilation on Filipino Americans.
AAST398E
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Also offered as AMST328V and IMMR319G. Credit granted for AAST398E or AMST328V or IMMR319G. An interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of children of Asian immigrants in the U.S., focusing on intergenerational dynamics in the Asian immigrant family, their intersections with race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion, and how these shape second-generation Asian American life. Topics include identity and personhood, the model minority myth and education, work and leisure, language and communication, filiality and disownment, mental health and suicide.
AAST398F
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST328L. Credit granted for AMST328L or AAST398F.
AAST398L
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
AAST443
Asian American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AAST4898T, AAST443, GVPT368C or AMST 498J.
Formerly: AAST 498T.
Students will gain a greater understanding of 1)the role of Asian Americans in US politics, 2) the political attitudes and behaviors of Asian Americans and 3)how to conduct research on Asian American politics. Though the class will concentrate on Asian Americans, issues related to Asian American politics will be examined within the larger context of America's multicultural political landscape.
AAST498D
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Theatre
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST498D. Credit granted for THET489D or AAST498D.
AAST498I
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will be introduced to leadership models and examples specific to Asian American & Pacific Islander communities throughout history and in current times. While the central objective of this course is to develop politically engaged and historically informed leaders and community members for the AAPI campus community, this course is open to anyone who is interested in social justice and learning more about student organizing around identity.
AAST498J
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST498Q and PSYC489Z. Credit only granted for AAST498J, AMST498Q, or PSYC489Z.

This course provides students with an understanding of the ecological influences on Asian American psychological well-being. It begins with the individual, covering topics relating to various social identities pertaining to Asian Americans. Moving outward, it highlights family and peer relationships. At the community and cultural level, the course focuses on the process of migration and acculturation. Finally, it concludes with a discussion of social advocacy, service provisions and cultural competency.
AAST498M
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC