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


Course information will continue to be updated as needed.

LATS L101  Introduction to Latino Studies (3cr)
Class number: 20450
Time: 04:00P-05:15P MW
Where: WH 002
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Instructor: R. Gonzalez

L101 investigates the ethno-racially diverse cultural productions and experiences of national and transnational Latin American and Iberian descent communities living in the United States. Drawing on the works of Latino authors, artists, stage performers and scholars, we will investigate the social and political presence of Latino cultures and communities within the U.S. cultural landscape. The 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: 22018
Time: 02:30P-03:45P TR
Where: WH 002
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Instructor: J. Anguiano

Latino history is United States history. This course introduces students to the major historical moments and attitudes that influenced Latino/a identity. We will particularly focus on events related to American Latinos of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban 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.

LATS L102 Introduction to Latino History through Film (3cr)
Class number: 35095
Time: 04:00P-06:15P TR
Where: WH 002
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Above class meets second eight weeks only
Instructor: J. Boles

This introductory course examines the diverse history of Latinos through the lens of documentary and fiction film.
Students will be required to attend film screenings on April 3, 4, 5 and on other dates to be announced in course syllabus. Students who cannot attend screenngs should not enroll.

LATS L103 Intro to Latino Cultures: Literature, Film, and Pop Culture (3cr)
Class number: 28323
Time: 11:15A-12:30P MW
Where: WH 007
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Instructor: T. Mitchell

LATS-103 provides an overview of the diverse cultures of Latino communities in the United States. Using multiple disciplinary lenses, we will examine various forms of cultural production—including literature, film, music, art and popular culture—to fully explore the ways in which Latino communities have forged nuanced identities within the United States. Our goal is to better understand how Latinas and Latinos have shaped and been shaped by “Latin American” and “U.S.” cultures.

LATS L103 Intro to Latino Cultures: Listening to America (3cr)
Class number: 32868
Time: 05:30P-06:45P TR
Where: BH 317
IUB GenEd S&H credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Above class meets with AMST-A 201
Instructor: J. Anguiano

Listening to America examines American identity along race, gender, class and sexual orientation lines through popular music. This course is built around the theory that listening to music produces unique subjects and methods from which to analyze the American experience. Questions we will explore include: how does music create nationhood or a sense of belonging? How does music like Rock n Roll represent America? How does the music we listen to shape our ideas about race, class, gender and sexuality?

LATS L220 Intro to Latino Literature: Latino/a Ethnicity and the Media (3cr)
Class number: 33487
Time: 11:15A-12:30P TR
Where: EO B01 (Collins LLC)
Diversity in U.S. credit
A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Above class meets with CLLC-L 210
Instructor: E. Morales

Through an interdisciplinary approach integrating Latino Studies, Media Studies, and Folklore, this course deconstructs how Latino ethnicity is created for a mass-viewing audience. We will problematize issues of stereotypes, representation, ethnocentrism, political correctness, ethnicity, and culture. Students will be introduced to the folkloristic study of identity, group formation, and expressive traditions. We will then look at how the media uses expressive traditions to represent the “ethnic other” and the effects of those representations on the American populace through a survey of the news, advertising, television, and film industries.

LATS L303 The Latino Family (3cr)
Class number: 29644
Time: 09:30A-10:45A TR
Where: WH 002
Diversity in U.S. credit
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Instructor: S. Martinez

This course will examine the Latino family as a social system in the U.S.  We will examine how the organization or structure of the Latino family has changed over time and how the Latino family compares to families of other racial and/or ethnic groups.  The course will cover such topics as diversity of Latino families; marital patterns; gender roles; the status of Latino youth; social networks; education; rituals based on social class; and representations in the media.

LATS L320 Muy Machos, Latino Manhood (3cr)
Class number: 32869
Time: 11:15A-12:30P TR
Where: WH 002
A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
Above class meets with GNDR-G 302 and ENG-L 347
Instructor: A. Varón

What does it mean to be a man? To be a Latino man? While Latino masculinity is often associated with machismo, an idea that has crossed into the U.S. mainstream, it is a historically-specific category that has evolved over time. This course will explore some possible answers to this seemingly simple question by examining cultural representations of masculinity, and by contrast, femininity.

LATS L380 Latino Education Across the Americas (3cr)
Class number: 32870
Time: 01:00P-02:15P TR
Where: ED 1220
S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
Above class meets with EDUC-H 380
Instructor: B. Levinson

This course provides an overview of important patterns and issues in Latino education. It includes the study of major Latin American educational trends and traditions, with a focus on the cultural contexts of Latino education. The course highlights the problems and challenges faced by Latinos in contemporary U.S. schools, and examines notable strategies and practices for improving Latino educational achievement. Opportunities for service learning and hands-on research provided.

LATS L396 Racial & Ethnic Politics in the United States (3cr)
Class number: 334952
Time: 01:00P-02:15P MW
Where: WH 121
Above class meets with POLS-Y 329
Instructor: B. Fraga

Issues of race and ethnicity have shaped American political history from the colonial era to the present. 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 identities, the inclusion of minority groups and interests into electoral politics, conflict and cooperation both between and within ethnic groups, and how immigration and demographic shift will impact the future political landscape. While we will leverage 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 election outcomes and the shift from a Black-White racial binary to a multi-ethnic framework.

LATS L398  Latino Youth & Urban Folklore (3cr)
Class number: 25626
Time: 02:30P-03:45P MW
Where: WH 007
A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Diversity in U.S. credit
Above class meets with FOLK-F 356
Instructor: M. Martínez-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 produced graffiti, lowriding, gang-life, surfing, reggaeton, 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.

LATS L398 Hip-Hop Music and Culture (3cr)
Class number: 33499
Time: 02:30P-03:45P MW
Where: WH 002
Above class meets with FOLK-E 345 and AAAD-A 345
Instructor: F. Orejuela

This seminar course will ask questions about the role of hip hop culture in contemporary American society. We will also explore recent debates about mainstreaming an African American musical artform, the role and responsibility of the artist, as well as the concept of tradition, creativity and the emerging scholarship on hip hop. Unlike the survey course, which takes a more historical approach to the study of hip hop, we will examine hip hop as a cultural movement with complex cultural, social and political ties to the past, present, and future of African America and the African diaspora. We will address issues in hip hop as opposed to a chronology and delve into the theoretical notions and application of “performance.”

LATS L400  Latin American & Latino Pop Music (3cr)
Class number: 26885
Time: 06:45P-08:00P MW
Where: M 344
Above class meets with MUS-M 413 and MUS-Z 413
Instructor: G. Sánchez

This course will explore historical and cultural aspects in the development of important popular music genres in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as their impact in the United States.  We will also examine issues of performance and instrumentation and the output of significant composers, arrangers, and performers. This course is for non-music majors only. Activities outside of class may be scheduled.

LATS L400  Hispanic Culture in the United States (3cr)
Class number: 32871
Time: 04:00P-05:15P TR
Where: BH 229
Above class meets with HISP-S 413 and S 498
Instructor: R. Guzmán

This course explores the impact of Latina/o culture in the U. S. Through the close study of essays, short stories, poems, plays, comics, and other visual material, we will analyze Latina/o cultural production in relation to various socio-political contexts. Topics covered: popular representations of the “bandido” after the Mexican-American War, Latina/o humor, labor, gender/sexuality, popular music, and immigration, among others. Though some readings may be in English, the course will be conducted in Spanish.

LATS L601 Sociology of Higher Education (3cr)
Class number: 33541
Time: 09:30A-12:15P W
Where: ED 1210
Above class meets with EDUC-H 637
Instructor: S. Martínez

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the sociological study of higher education, especially in the United States.  The course will cover several theoretical approaches to the study of education and then will examine a number of problems and questions regarding higher education, including those related to social stratification, organization and authority, students and faculty.  Twenty-five percent of the content for this course will be dedicated to the experiences of Latinos (HSIs, students, and faculty).  As such, the course can be taken to fulfill requirements for the Latino Studies Ph.D. minor.

LATS L601 Readings in American Ethnic Literature & Culture (4cr)
Class number: 33542
Time: 02:30P-03:45P TR
Where: WH 204
Above class meets with ENG-L 635
Instructor: A. Varón

This readings course is designed to offer students an intensive introduction to what is often called “hemispheric” or transnational American studies. The course will familiarize students with the so-called “transnational turn” in cultural studies, its relation to critical ethnic studies, and the affiliated theories of “globalization” that has generated so much critical activity in the last decade and in which Latino Studies has played a crucial and active role.

LATS L601 Readings in Comparative Race and Ethnicity (3cr)
Class number: 26673
Time: 04:00P-06:00P W
Where: WH 205
Above class meets with AMST-G 620
Instructor: J. Nieto-Phillips

How have “race” and “ethnicity” been studied, imagined, encoded in law, and contested over time?  How might seemingly disparate histories of race intersect across time and social contexts?  Drawing on select monographs and articles, this course will examine critical perspectives on race and ethnicity published in the past twenty years.  Particular emphasis will be on scholarship engaging U.S. Latina/o experiences, however we will extend our exploration to include historical, transnational and transdiciplinary comparisons.

LATS L601 Neoliberalism, Immigration, Criminalization (3cr)
Class number: 33484
Time: 01:00P-02:15P TR
Where: WH 205
Above class mees with HISP-S 695
Instructor: R. Guzmán

Drawing from political economy, the course establishes a link, in the context of the U.S., between neoliberalism, the creation of high rates of surplus labor domestically and abroad (the latter of which stimulates immigration), and the turn towards criminalization and imprisonment/detention/deportation as mechanisms through which to preempt and control social disturbances associated with these processes. We will analyze the ways in which these processes are expressed, thought, and challenged in literary and filmic texts.



Crosslisted courses are additional courses that are eligible to be included as a course within a given student's Latino Studies Minor course listing.
For a complete list of crosslisted courses, click here

HISP-S 324 Intro Study of Hispanic Cultures (3 CR)
HISP-S 480 Argentine Literature (3 CR)
HISP-S 495 Coldwar & Revolution SPAM & Latino Literature (3 CR)
HISP-S 498 Honors Seminar (3 CR)
HISP-S 695 Neoliberalism, Immigration, Criminalization (3 CR)