The imagery and diverse conceptions about Latino culture in popular contexts raise a number of questions. How does this visibility reflect upon U.S. Latino communities in daily life? What cultural stereotypes are invoked and what do they mean? What does it mean when Latino culture is attributed with certain qualities - i.e. "hotness" or "spiciness?" How can popular music expression influence social change and our conceptions about certain groups of people?
Students will be introduced to ethnographic research methods such as participant/observation as well as learn critical analysis of popular culture images and contexts. They will develop music listening skills in analyzing musical expression through developing vocabularies and basic understanding of key musical concepts.