Latino Studies 101

This course is an introduction to Latino Studies, a discipline that studies the experience and condition of U.S. Latinos - be they of Caribbean, Latin American, and especially of Mexican decent. It treats Latino Studies as an interdisciplinary arena, drawing from both the social sciences and humanities.

The course presents and analyzes scholarly works that include theoretical models, methodological strategies, and analytical approaches to learning about U.S. Latinos. The course examines - through the lens of social science - the demographics of the above groups as well as the groups' U.S. experiences. The immigrant experience is a particular focus of the course, including its role in the incorporation of Latinos into U.S. society. Finally, various policy implications are examined for their impact on the socioeconomic condition of U.S. Latinos.

Fall 2015 (Tu & Thu 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
BOLTON HALL B56


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Course Syllabus Fall 2015

 

Non-Required Readings

Duncan, Murrell,"Jump Juan Crow: A Southern family Struggles to avoid deportation" (Harper's, 2013) 57-63.


1.)
Sep 3
Introductions and Presentation of Syllabus
2.)
Sep 8
Short Film, "The Origins of the Roberto Hernández Center" and Chicano / Latino Activism

Latino Activism - PowerPoint

Vasquez, Tiburcio, "A Chicano Perspective," The Californian

3.) & 4.)

Sep 10 & 15

"Latino Demographics"

Latino Demographics - Powerpoint

Pew Research - Racial Wealth Gaps

Pew Research - Multiracial in America

The Hispanic Population (2010 Census Data) - Publication

5.) & 6.)

Sep 17 & 22

US Immigration Policy & Latinos

US Immigration Policy & Latinos - Powerpoint

Pew Research - US immigrant population

 

Peck, Don, "America's Immigration Problem," The Atlantic

Pew Hispanic Center - A Nation of Immigrants

Pew Research - Public Divided Over Increased Deportation of Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration Reform Principles - Publication

7.)
Sep 24

FILM, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle"

8.) & 9.)
Sep 29 & Oct 1

Latino Identity, Assimilation/Acculturation, & class exercise

Latino Identity - Powerpoint

10.)

Oct 6

Latinos & Education

Latinos & Education - Powerpoint

McDermott, Casey, " U.S. Higher Education System Perpetuates White Privilege"

 ► Oct 8
***** OCTOBER 6, MIDTERM I *****
11.) Oct 13
Latinos & Education

12.)

Oct 15

Class Exercise = Questions

13. & 14.)

Oct 20 & 22
Latinos & Politics

Latinos & Politics - Powerpoint

Pew Research Center, "Latino Support for Democrats Fall, but Democratic Advantage Remains"

15.) Oct 27
Poem, "Yo Soy Joaquin"
16.) Oct 29
FILM, "Bless Me Ultima"
17.) & 18.) Nov 3 & 5
Latinos & the Media

Latinos & the Media - Powerpoint

19.)

Nov 10

 

Latinos & the Arts

Latinos & the Arts - Powerpoint


Nov 12
******* NOVEMBER 12, MIDTERM II ********
20.)

Nov 17
"Quotes" Exercise
21.) & 22.)
Nov 19 & 24
Latino Leadership
Nov 26
 ******* NOVEMBER 26 = THANKSGIVING BREAK *******

23.)

Dec 1


Latinos in our Nation's History

24.) & 25.)
Dec 3 & 8
Latinos & Religion

Latinos & Religion - Powerpoint

Diaz, Elizabeth, "The Latino Reformation," TIME Magazine

26.) Dec 10
Closing Class Exercise & class evaluation

  FINAL EXAM

Friday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Bolton Hall,  Room B56