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Undergrad Minor Ph.D. Minor Spring '18 Courses Cross-Listed Courses Why Latino Studies?


LATS L101  Introduction to Latino Studies (3cr)
Class number: 20131
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm TRS Y002
Instructor: I. Rivera

This course is intended to provide an introduction and overview on Latino issues. The course will begin with a brief overview of the histories of the major Latinos national origin groups in the U.S. The bulk of the course will examine a number of topics and issues that are key to understanding contemporary Latinos; e.g., immigration, language, education, employment, etc. The third and briefest part of the course will build upon the previous sections by asking how the
history and current status of Latinos might influence their near-term future.

LATS L102 Introduction to Latino History (3cr)
Class number: 22042
11:15 am to 12:30 pm MW BH 247
Instructor: J. Wolf

Latino history is United States history. It focuses on the experiences and perspectives of the U.S. Latino population-one often overlooked in general U.S. History surveys. Latino/a is a specifically U.S. term that refers to peoples whose identity is constructed from the cultural consequences of Latin American colonial history and U.S. expansionism; economic, racial, and transnational politics also play a fundamental role in shaping this identity. This course introduces students to the major historical moments and attitudes that influenced Latino/a identity. We will particularly focus on events related to U.S. citizens of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, but we will discuss issues associated with peoples of other Caribbean, Central and South American heritages as well. Students will develop an understanding how Latino/as have contributed and participated in the formation and development of U.S. society. Carries culture studies and S&H credit.

LATS L103 Introduction to Latino Cultures (3cr)
Class number: 32778
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm MW SY 200
Instructor: R. Gonzalez

Desciption coming soon.

LATS L104 Latinas in the U.S. (3cr)
Class number: 30421
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm TR SY200
Instructor: S. Martinez

This course focuses on the experiences of Latinas in the United States. The course seeks to examine how Latinas’ experiences are shaped by the intersections of race, gender, and class. The course will begin with analytical frameworks that center the perspectives of Latinas. Thereafter, we will focus on how the institutions of health, education, migration, and work perpetuate inequalities.

LATS L396 Social and Historical Topics in Latino Studies (3cr)
Topic: Immigrant Nations: Latinos and the Politics of Citizenship
Class number: 32676
Class meets with History A300
9:30 am to 10:45 am TR BH015
Instructor: J. Nieto-Phillips

For more than two centuries, immigration has been a hot political issue in the United States. It has evoked discussion about who should be allowed into the country, who should be granted citizenship, and who should be deported or excluded from the nation's body politic. This course will explore the complicated history of US immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries. We will examine how debates over immigration shaped and responded to politics, policies, and public sentiment. Race, nativism, culture, labor, and competing definitions of "America" all have factored into this history. Drawing on historical documents as well as recent scholarship (including 3-5 books, several articles and films), we will pay particular attention to how the politics of immigration has impacted Latinos, and how Latinos have shaped society, the economy, and the politics of the nation. Students will be graded based on essays, short response papers, presentations and/or discussion participation.

LATS L398 Arts and Humanities Topics in Latino Studies (3cr)
Topic: Latino Youth & Urban Folklore
Class number: 26581
Class meets with FOLK F356
Instructor: M. Martinez-Rivera

In this course we will question two widespread stereotypes: (1) that young people tend to reject and eventually forget their culture, and (2) that folklore does not exist in urban settings. Examining the youth cultures that gave us graffiti, lowriding, gang-life, surfing, quebradita, among other cultural manifestations, we will study different folklore traditions performed by young people in urban settings in order to demonstrate their active participation in creating, negotiating, and transforming the culture and community where they live. This course will be inclusive of the diverse traditions of US Latinos, and will allow for the study of a wide array of cultural manifestations--oral traditions, music, festivals, dance, material culture, healing, and spirituality. We will also pay attention to important issues such as migration, gender, nationality, and individual and group identity. The course will begin with an overview and major themes in the fields of Folklore Studies and Latino Studies. The remainder of the course will be divided into five sections--migration, gender, nationality, and identity and the interrelation between them. The goal of the class is to explore how young urban Latino men and women, through different cultural practices and traditional-expressive forms, negotiate, transform, and maintain Latino communities in the United States.

LATS L398 Arts and Humanities Topics in Latino Studies (3cr)
Topic: 21st Century Latina/o Literature
Class number: 32781
Class meets with ENG L374 Ethnic American Literature
11:15 am to 12:30 pm TR SY200
Instructor: A. Varon

The 2000 census marked a watershed moment for U.S. Latina/os. For the first time, “Latino” was employed as an official category (emerging alongside the term “Hispanic”), but more importantly, the census results ignited a tremendous increase in national attention paid to the U.S. Latina/o community. That attention was accompanied by an often--polarizing debate regarding the apparent influx and status of Latina/os, the future of U.S. national identity, as well as triggering numerous anti-immigrant backlashes. Yet as a marker of identity, Latina/o is ambiguous and variable, an imprecise indicator of ethnicity, and encompasses a wide array of social groups from disparate racial, class, and national backgrounds.

This course interrogates the ways in which narrative, a potent form of cultural production and dissemination, both reflects and creates Latina/o culture. In this course, we will read contemporary Latina/o literature as a product of late 20th and 21st century globalization. What does the label “Latina/o” signify? Who identifies as Latina/o and what concerns do they as a group share? In what ways is Latina/o narrative in dialogue with mainstream U.S. culture? How does “Latina/o” unify people of separate national origins and how does it encompass the multiple experiences that constitute Latina/o identity? Some topics we will explore include: migration/immigration; Latinidad as both cultural and socioeconomic concept; diaspora and globalization in a post--NAFTA world; race and mestizaje in Latina/o culture; the role of nation, transnationality, and borderlands; the Latina/o urban experience; gender and sexuality norms; Spanish language as a defining cultural feature.

Students will learn to critically engage with these concepts to better understand the vibrant and still emerging Latina/o culture.

LATS L601 Colloquium in Latino Studies
Topic: Women, Gender and Migration in the Americas
Class number: 28331
Class meets with American Studies AMST G620
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm Wed BH141
Instructor: A. Acosta

This course explores how the social construction of gender is shaped and (re)produced with migrations in the Americas by considering the ways that gender impacts migration and migration impacts gender. Through a feminist, interdisciplinary, and transnational perspective to the study of gender and migration, this course will study women’s lives (specifically Latinas), and the gender systems that shape and regulate them. Special emphasis is placed on the disruption or perpetuation of inequalities and oppressions. In the process, we will consider the linkages of global systems with inequality, displacement, and discrimination, and the quotidian strategies of resistance deployed in localized contexts. Finally, gendered experiences of migration are integrally connected with the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. 

LATS L400  Latin American & Latino Pop Culture (3cr)
Class number: 28717
Class meets with MUS-M 413 and MUS-Z 413
6:05pm to 8:00pm MW SY200
Instructor: M. Quevedo

LATS L400  Migrant Cultures (3cr)
Class number: 28869
Class meets with AMST-A 351
9:30am to 10:45pm MW SY200
Instructor: A. Acosta

This course will explore the contemporary experiences of diasporic communities within the U.S. to consider the relation between culture and nation and examine the performance of memory and nostalgia in a global context.  We will discuss the interconnections of migration and diaspora to conquest, colonialism, postcolonialisms, refugeeism, and political exile; the heterogeneity of diasporic groups (e.g. race, gender, class, sexuality, religion); generational conflicts and continuities in the (re)production of culture; and the role of language and other cultural practices in migratory experiences. Finally, we will consider how diasporic peoples creatively transform and make themselves at home in multiple geographical locations. 


Department: Spanish & Portuguese (HISP)

HISP-S 220 Chicano & Puerto Rican Lit (3cr)

HISP-S 481 Hispanic American Ntnl/Reg Lit (3cr)

HISP-S 588 U.S. Latino Literature (3cr)