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Undergrad Minor Ph.D. Minor Spring '19 Courses Cross-Listed Courses Why Latino Studies?

Spring 2019 COURSES

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Course information will continue to be updated as needed.

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LATS L101  Introduction to Latino Studies (3cr)
Class number: 4263
Time: 9:30A - 10:45A MW
Where: JH A106
Instructor: Sergio Lemus
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of the diverse Latino/a communities that share the same geographical and political boundaries of the United States from different academic disciplines. Through readings and discussions, films, literature, art and folklore, the course studies the varied histories of the Latino communities in the Unites States. This class will draw on topics such as immigration, education, language identity, and the evolution of Latino ethnicity and identity.

LATS L102 Introduction to Latino History (3cr)
Class number: 4870
Time: 2:30-3:45P TR
Where: BH 018
Instructor: Luis Silva
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Course Description:
Introduction to Latin@ History is general and broad survey of the historical and cultural experiences of Latinos/Latinas in the United States. Through readings, lectures, film/documentaries, and class discussion we will examine the varied histories of Latinos/as with emphasis directed toward, primarily, Puerto Ricans and Cuban- and Mexican-Americans. In this course we will take a chronological, thematic, comparative, and, at times, a contemporary approach in understanding how imperialism, im/migration, gender, race and ethnicity, cultural production, “Americanization,” and the concept of the Latinidad/es affects the historical and lived experiences of Latinos/as.

LATS L200 American Borderlands (3cr)
Class number: 8481
Time: 4:00-5:15P  MW
Where: BH 317
Instructor: Sergio Lemus
IUB GenEd A&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit

A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Course Description:
This course traces the social construction of the American borderlands and surveys how the border has undergone various changes as a result of a combination of forces, from political and economic developments to sociocultural transformations. Our study of diversity, difference, and otherness on the American borderlands will allow us to closely examine issues concerning national identity, place and landscape, contact zones, protection and security, labor and domesticity, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. We will also explore border culture and the lived experiences of border residents and immigrants (authorized or unauthorized) entering and leaving the US. A fundamental element of this course is to expose students to the fact that the American borderlands represent a figurative (or liminal/third) space where identities intersect and where American and Mexican cultures fuse (or blend) together.

LATS L320 Latinix Remix: Contemporary Latinx Lit and Film (3cr)
Class number: 9535
Time: 11:15A -12:30P MW
Where: WH 008
Instructor: Alberto Varon
A&H Breadth of Inquiry Credit

Course Description:
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LATS L396 S&H Topics in Latino Studies (3cr)
Topic: Racial & Ethnic Politics USA

Class number: 32649
Time: 11:15A - 12:30P MW
Where: WH 004
Instructor: Bernard Fraga

Course Description:
Issues of race and ethnicity have shaped American political history from the colonial era to the present, and certainly well before the election of President Barack Obama and candidacy of Donald Trump. Indeed, over the past half century, no national election would have been competitive without including the political preferences of racial and ethnic minority groups (including African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans) along with non-Hispanic Whites. Thus, a complete understanding of contemporary American politics demands knowledge of racial and ethnic politics. In this course, we will explore the development and maintenance of racial and ethnic boundaries and identities, the inclusion of minority groups and interests into electoral politics, racism and forms of conflict between ethnic groups, and how immigration and an increasingly diverse American society will impact the future political landscape. While we will study the historical contours of race in America, the focus of the course will be on interpreting how race and ethnicity shape politics today and will continue to impact the American political system going forward. Special attention will be placed on recent and future elections (especially 2008, 2012, and 2016), and the shift from a Black-White racial binary to a multi-ethnic framework.

LATS L396 S&H Topics in Latino Studies (3cr)
Topic: Blacks, Latinos & Afro-Latinos

Class number: 32667
Time: 11:15A-12:30P TR
Where: BH 321
Instructor: Sonia Lee

Carries IW credit

Course Description: Dominant discourses on Black-Latino relations focus on job competition, while a few others celebrate the future of an America led by “people of color.” What is at stake in these narratives? How did we come to understand what is “black” and “Latino?” Students taking this course will examine the history of African Americans’ and Latinos’ racialization under British, Spanish, and American empires, paying attention to both the construction of the racial “Other” by European elites, the re-claiming of identities by the racially marginalized through the Black and Brown liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the movements’ impacts on black-Latino electoral and grassroots coalitions, mass incarceration of youth, and Afro-diasporic politics in the 21st century. This course carries and IW credit.

LATS L398 Saints & Calaveras: Latino Folk Art (3cr)

Class number: 32650
Time: 2:30P - 3:45P MW
Where: LH 023
Instructor: Gloria Colom

Course Description:
Latinx communities within the United States have been expressing culture and creativity for centuries. In this course students will be learning how different art forms, ranging from Mexican inspired Catrina making in the Mexican borderlands to intimate altars in New York. Folk art will be defined and viewed through various art genres and folk groups such as ethnic (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Chicanx, Central American, etc.), gender and sexuality, religious, and occupational amongst others. Folk art provides a platform to explore concepts of cultural maintenance, preservation and innovation, ownership and borrowing as well as tourism and economy within Latinx communities.

LATS L400/AMST 450 Advanced Research Seminar: Understanding, Feeling and Living through Capitalism (3cr)

Class number: 33233
Time: 1P-4P T
Where: BH 605
Instructor: Sonia Lee

Course Description:
Early course readings and discussions explore the design of interdisciplinary work by analyzing how history, film, music, and ethnography have captured the workings of capitalism in the U.S. and the Caribbean in the late twentieth century. How has temp work transformed our notions of job security and stability? What does American prosperity look like from the bottom? How do musicians and filmmakers unearth their own sense of human agency through everyday practices of self-expression in the midst of oppression? The bulk of the semester is devoted to the development of students’ research papers (17-25 pages). We will collectively read and comment on students’ writing. This is an IW class, with an emphasis on drafting and rewriting the final product. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.


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