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Diasporas, Transnationalism, and Globalization

COL 294
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 294, SOC 294, ENGL 294
Certificates: International Relations

Until the late 1960s, there were three classical diasporas: Jewish, Armenian, and Greek. The first was considered the paradigmatic case. In the past three decades, many dispersed peoples and communities, once known as minorities, ethnicities, migrants, exiles, etc., have been renamed diasporas by some of their own artists, intellectual and political leaders, or by scholars. This phenomenon must be understood in the context of ever-increasing transnationalism and globalization. This course will introduce students to the past and present of the concepts diaspora, transnationalism, and, to a lesser extent, globalization.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students read a great deal of theoretical material that is not immediately informational and transparent but requires interpretation - learning a specialized vocabulary, becoming acquainted with the unfamiliar concepts they designate, and learning to paraphrase contesting arguments about diasporas and transnationalism.

Intercultural literacy:
The course is titled Diasporas, Transnationalism, and Globalization, and the emphasis in the empirical section of the course (as well as the theoretical) is on communication, first, between homelands, hostlands, and diasporas (that's 3 cultures) as well as within the various communities of the diaspora - thus, the Brazilian and US and Caribbean "African"
diasporas are not identical in their culture, nor are those of Jews in Israel, France, and the US. The course emphasizes both the shared cultural traits that link the many transnational communities of a diaspora and the numerous differences that make keeping them linked hard work.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(COL)(SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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