Asian Americans and the Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/19
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB162

Course Description

From the founding of this nation to the present, Asian Americans have been at the center of many legal controversies with profound implications for American society. This seminar will examine the legal history of people of Asian descent in the United States. It will focus on critical reading of primary sources – the Constitution, statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions – and on placing these materials in their social and historical context. The course encompasses units on citizenship and identity (starting with the arrival of the first Asians in America and the early immigration statutes and running through the recent travel ban); various seminal issues and moments in Asian American history (such as racial violence, efforts by state and local governments to regulate Asians, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II); and contemporary issues (such as the concept of the model minority, employment discrimination and the so-called “Bamboo Ceiling,” educational opportunity and the thorny issue of “reverse discrimination,” and racial profiling and bias, both pandemic-related and otherwise).

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will submit short written assignments (via Canvas) and prepare for active class participation throughout the course. A final paper of approximately 3,000 to 3,500 words is due via EXPO by noon on May 9th (the day before the last day of the finals period).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124218631

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Human Rights and Civil Liberties , Race and Law

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