LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336
Latinos in American Life and Culture
This course will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States socially, politically, and culturally even as they themselves change in the process. Topics to be examined include the social and cultural significance of "Latino" or "Hispanic" as an ethnic or racial category, how Latinos fit into the American social system, ethnic and cultural identities, their educational and health outcomes, the implications of the unprecedented geographic dispersal of Latinos, and their growing contribution and impact on mainstream and other types of culture including music, literature, and language. Other information: Active participation in precept is expected.
Edward E. Telles. Schedule: L01 1:30-2:20 pm MW, P01 2:30-3:20pm M, P01 2:30-3:20pm.
POL 333/LAO 333/LAS 333/SOC 325
Latino Politics in the U.S.
What is Latino politics and is it different from American politics? What do we know about Latino voting and attitudes in U.S. elections? How do policies and institutions impact Latinos, and how are policies and institutions impacted by them? What methods can we use to find out? In this course we will use social science to examine questions about Latino politics in the U.S. Topics include: party identification and policy preferences; patterns of political participation; ethnic and national identity; immigration, demographics and their political impact; Latino subgroup differences such as generation, national origin and religious affiliation. Prerequisites and Restrictions: No prior knowledge of the topic is required, but familiarity with the basics of American politics and scientific inquiry will be very helpful. Other information: Open to all students but ideal for sophomores and juniors interested in developing a research proposal on the course topic(s) that can later be used as the starting point for a junior paper or senior thesis project. Students will have the option of a final research proposal OR final paper in response to a prompt. LAS concentrators (only) must write their final written assignment on a Latin American topic and provide a copy to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Ali A. Valenzuela. Schedule: L01 3:30-4:20pm MW, P99 TBA.
COURSES OF INTEREST
AAS 428/ENG 428/LAS 429
This interdisciplinary seminar examines U.S. Latina/o performance from the 1960s to the present. Students will engage the creative traditions that have emerged from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the post-colonial aesthetic concerns shaped by Caribbean migration, and the social preoccupations that have defined urban and suburban life. The class will learn to put formal motifs in conversation with a set of conceptual terms, including mestisaje, borderlands, transculturation, choteo, and disidentification. We will alternate between plays, critical readings, live performances, videos, and music. Other Requirements: United States Travel Required Other information: Students are expected to examine all outside course materials (videos, recordings, etc.) as indicated by the syllabus. Field trips are mandatory. LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Alexandra T. Vazquez. Schedule: S01 1:30-4:20pm T.
Mexican American History
The course follows the major themes and issues surrounding the history of Mexican Americans in the United States. It seeks to explain the historical origins of the continuing debates over land ownership, assimilation expectations, discrimination, immigration regulation, and labor disputes. The course focuses primarily on the US citizens created after the Mexican American War and Mexican immigrants to the US. It looks transnationally at Mexico's history to explain US shifts in public opinion and domestic policies. While the course examines the impact of Mexican Americans in many regions of the country, it will focus on those in the Southwest.
Rosina A. Lozano. Schedule: L01 1:30-2:20pm T Th, P99 TBA.
SPA 212/LAS 213
Religious Practices in the Hispanic World
This course surveys the practice of beliefs in Spain, Latin America, and in Hispanic communities in the United States. It explores how "Catholic" folk piety was established and developed in Spain and what happened to it when it transferred to the New World. By surveying the diverse configurations of religious practices through written texts and visual media, it inquires how identity and social relationships define a person's relation to the divine. Emphasis will be given to the development of spoken and written proficiency in Spanish. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish. Note: Program in Latino Studies Concentrators must write on a Latino topic and provide a copy of the final paper to LAO in order to receive certificate credit.
Christina H. Lee. Schedule: C01 11am-12:20pm T Th.
Social Science Courses
- AMS 201/LAO 201 American Places: An Introduction to American Studies
- AMS 329/SOC 329 Immigrant America
- ANT 304 Political Anthropology
- HIS 304/LAS 304 Modern Latin America Since 1810
- HIS 309/LAS 312 History of Modern Mexico
- HIS 407/AAS 417 Politics of Racial Violence in America
- POL 333 Latino Politics in the United States
- POL 334/AAS 335 The Politics of Race and Health in America
- POL 336/AAS 336 Race and American Politics
- POL 423 / LAS 423 / LAO 423 - Seminar in American Politics - Latino Politics in the U.S.
- POL 430 Seminar in Comparative Politics: Causes and Consequences of International Migration
- SOC 210/LAS 210 Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
- SOC 227 Race and Ethnicity
- SOC 248/LAS 248 Modern Mexican Society
- SOC 310/LAS 310 Gender and Development in the Americas
- SOC 315/LAS 316/AAS 315 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Latin America
- SOC 340/REL 390 God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives on Migration and Religion
Arts and Humanities Courses
- AAS 310/ENG 324/MUS 256 Music from the Hispanophone Caribbean
- AAS 410 / SOC 407 Race, Social Inequality, and Education
- AAS 412 / ENG 425 / LAO 412 - Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora
- ENG 337/AAS 361/LAO 337/LAS 337 The Literary South
- ENG 402/AAS 408/LAO 402 Forms of Literature: Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature
- SPA 222/LAO 222/LAS 222 Introduction to Latin American Cultures
- SPA 319/LAS 319 Topics in Cinema and Culture
- SPA 342/LAS 342 Topics in Latin American Modernity
- SPA 401/LAS 428 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America)
Note: For a topics course to count towards a certificate in Latino Studies, the content must be on a Latino subject. Please consult the Program with any questions.
Courses with a pound sign [#] are one-time-only courses. Should these be approved by the home department for cross-listing with the Latino Studies Program, the course listing will be appended.