Asian American Studies (AAS)

AAS Class Schedule

Courses

AAS 100   Intro Asian American Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction to the basic concepts and approaches in Asian American Studies. Surveys the various dimensions of Asian American experiences including history, social organization, literature, arts, and politics.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 120   Intro to Asian Am Pop Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Introductory understanding of the way U.S. popular culture has affected Asian Americans and the contributions Asian Americans have made to U.S. media and popular culture since the mid 1880's.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 184   Asian American Cultures   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 184 and SOC 124. See ANTH 184.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 200   U.S. Race and Empire   credit: 3 Hours.

Invites students to examine histories and narratives of U.S. imperialism and racism, drawing upon multiple theoretical and methodological works in Asian American studies and related fields. Same as LLS 200.

AAS 201   US Racial & Ethnic Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 201, LLS 201, and PS 201. See PS 201.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 211   Asian Americans and the Arts   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of Asian American artistic expressions in the visual and the performing arts providing historical, theoretical, and conceptual foundations of understanding the history of various art genres in Asian American communities. Prerequisite: AAS 100 or AAS 120, or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 215   US Citizenship Comparatively   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the racial, gendered, and sexualized aspects of US citizenship historically and comparatively. Interdisciplinary course taught from a humanities perspective. Readings draw from critical legal studies, history, literature, literary criticism, and ethnography. Same as AFRO 215, AIS 295, GWS 215, and LLS 215. Prerequisite: One of: AAS 100, AAS 120, AFRO 100 AIS 101, GWS 250, LLS 100.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 224   Asian Am Historical Sociology   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores concepts of colonization, international labor migration, race, nation, assimilation, and class formation through socio-historical examinations of diverse groups categorized as Asian Americans. Same as SOC 224. Prerequisite: AAS 100.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 246   Asian American Youth in Film   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines both mainstream and independent films and documentaries representing and/or produced by Asian American youth. Explores the role of multiculturalism and diversity issues in informing young people's experiences.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 250   Asian American Ethnic Groups   credit: 3 Hours.

Intensive interdisciplinary study of a particular Asian American Ethnic group (specific ethnic group focus will change every semester). May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: Any AAS course at the 100- or 200-level or consent of instructor.

AAS 258   Muslims in America   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the study of Muslims in the United States and broadly the history of Islam in the Americas. Using a comparative approach, we study how the historical narrative of African American and Latino Muslims relates to newer immigrant populations, primarily Arab American and South Asian American Muslim communities. Same as LLS 258 and REL 258.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 260   Intro Asian American Theatre   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as THEA 260. See THEA 260.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 281   Constructing Race in America   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 281, HIST 281, and LLS 281. See HIST 281.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 283   Asian American History   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 283. See HIST 283.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 284   Adv Topics in Asian America   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 284. See ANTH 284.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 286   Asian American Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ENGL 286. See ENGL 286.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 287   Food and Asian Americans   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of food to better understand the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Asian American food preparation, distribution and consumption. Students will investigate the politics and poetics of Asian American foodways by examining social habits, and rituals around food in restaurants, ethnic cookbooks, fictional works, memoirs, magazines, and television shows. Prerequisite: AAS 100 or AAS 120, or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 290   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 3 Hours.

Supervised reading and research in Asian American Studies chosen by the student with instructor approval. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: AAS 100.

AAS 297   Asian Families in America   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HDFS 221 and SOCW 297. See SOCW 297.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 299   Begin Topics Asian Am Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

May be repeated in the same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

AAS 300   Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores theories for performing interdisciplinary, intersectional and comparative studies within the field of Asian American studies. Follows multiple genealogies of critical work in ethnic and American studies. Same as GWS 305 and LLS 305.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

AAS 310   Race and Cultural Diversity   credit: 4 Hours.

Same as AFRO 310, EPS 310, and LLS 310. See EPS 310.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 315   War, Memory, and Cinema   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary examination of the ways that memories of war, trauma, and immigration are produced through the medium of film. Because war has been key to discourses and practices of imperialism and globalization, some questions addressed will include how these wars have impacted the nation and the global order, as well as how images about these wars produced important constructions of race, gender, and sexuality for national and cultural identities. Also examines the aftereffects of war by analyzing connections between war's trauma, race, immigration, and incarceration. Students will read critical texts, film theory, screenplays, and view films. Same as GWS 315. Prerequisite: AAS 100 or AAS 120, or consent of the instructor.

AAS 346   Asian American Youth   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores cultural production of second-generation Asian American youth as a historical and social formation. Course examines how youth are actively shaping the U.S. landscape in terms of identity formation, youth, culture, education, juvenile justice, politics and activism, and community formations. These experiences are examined in backdrop of larger historical, economic, racial, social and political forces in the United States. Same as HDFS 341.

AAS 365   Asian American Media and Film   credit: 3 Hours.

An examination of media generally and films and videos more specifically (experimental, documentary, independent, and Hollywood features) by, for, and about Asian Americans. Same as MACS 365. Prerequisite: Any AAS course at the 100- or 200-level, or consent of instructor.

AAS 370   Immigration, Law, and Rights   credit: 3 Hours.

Exploration of the histories, cultures, and experiences of immigration to the United States by examining cultural production (literary and visual narratives and texts) alongside legal discourses (legislation, federal court cases). Same as LLS 372.

AAS 375   Prisons, Race, and Terror   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the U.S. prison regime, focusing on three dimensions of U.S. imprisonment -- criminal justice, immigrant detention, and martial imprisonment, particularly under the War on Terror. Same as LLS 377.

AAS 390   Intermed Topics Asian Am St   credit: 3 Hours.

May be repeated in the same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

AAS 395   Adv Asian Am Undergrad Reading   credit: 2 or 3 Hours.

Supervised reading and research in upper level Asian American Studies topics chosen by the student with instructor approval. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: AAS 100.

AAS 400   Critical Ethnic Studies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines the formation of the field of Critical Ethnic Studies and elaborates its key concepts, such as settler colonialism, indigeneity, heteropatriarchy, decolonization, and liberation. Same as LLS 460. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

AAS 402   Asian American Education   credit: 4 Hours.

Same as EPS 402. See EPS 402.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

AAS 490   Adv Topics in Asian Am Studies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Research seminar on specialized topics in Asian American Studies. 3 or 4 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term if topics vary. Prerequisite: AAS 100 or any Asian American Studies course, or consent of instructor.

AAS 501   Theory and Methods in AAS   credit: 4 Hours.

Foundational gateway course for graduate study in Asian American Studies, examining the political, historical, epistemological, and cultural bases of the field through an intensive reading of canonical works and study of core concepts in the field. Also highlights the problems of interdisciplinary research and scholarship and adopts an intersectional and coalitional approach to Asian American Studies as it assumes the necessary linkages between other areas in ethic/racial and gender/sexuality studies.

AAS 561   Race and Cultural Critique   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to graduate level theoretical and methodological approaches in Comparative Race Studies. As a survey of theories of race and racism and the methodology of critique, this course offers an interdisciplinary approach that draws from anthropology, sociology, history, literature, cultural studies, and gender/sexuality studies. In addition, the study of racial and cultural formation is examined from a comparative perspective in the scholarship of racialized and Gender and Women's Studies. Same as AFRO 531, ANTH 565, GWS 561, and LLS 561.

AAS 589   Readings in Asian Am Studies   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Individual guidance in intensive readings in the literature of one or more subdivisions of the field of Asian American Studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term if topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AAS 590   Asian Am Studies Seminar   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.