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.


Course Syllabus - SPRING 2014 (Tu & Thu 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) 

ENGELMANN HALL 105


Files for Download

 

Course Syllabus Fall 2014

Midterm Exam Sample

(MS Word Doc)

 

Non-Required Readings

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

 

1.)
Jan 21
Introductions and Presentation of Syllabus
2.)
Jan 23
Short Film, "The Origins of the Roberto Hernandez Center" and Chicano / Latino Activism

"Latino Activism" - PowerPoint

"Tiburcio Vasquez, A Chicano Perspective" - Publication

3.&4.)

Jan 28 & 30

"Latino Demographics"

"Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population" - Publication

The Hispanic Population 2013 (Census Data) - Publication

Hispanic Population / Demographics - PowerPoint

5. & 6.)

Feb 4 & 6

US Immigration Policy & Latinos

America's Immigration Problem - (The Atlantic) - Publication

A Nation of Immigrants (Pew Hispanic Center) - Publication

US Immigration Policy & Latinos - PowerPoint

Immigration Reform Principles - Publication

7.)
Feb 11
 FILM, "The Bronze Screen"

 

8. & 9.)

Feb 13 & 18  "Latinos and Education"

Latinos and Education - PowerPoint

Bachelors Degree Attained by State - Data

Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs (Pew Hispanic Center) - Publication

10.) Feb 20
Guest Lecturer: Mr. Roberto Rivera, "Historical Overview of Latino Music in the US"

 

  ► Feb 25
***** FEBRUARY 25, MIDTERM I *****

11. & 12.)

Feb 27 &

Mar 4

"Latino Identity, Assimilation/Acculturation" - Class Exercise

13.)

Mar 6
Class Exercise - Questions
14. & 15.) Mar 11 & 13
"Latino & Politics"

An Awakened Giant: The Hispanic Electorate Is Likely to Double by 2030 (Pew Hispanic Center) - Publication

Latino & Politics - PowerPoint

  ► Mar 18 & 20
***** MARCH 18 & 20, SPRING BREAK *****
16. & 17.) Mar 25 & 27
 Latinos and The Media

Latinos & the Media - PowerPoint

Dia de los Muertos, Altares WPCA - PowerPoint

18.) Apr 1
Poem: "I Am Joaquin"

Download Poem: "I Am Joaquin" (Word Doc)

19.) Apr 3
FILM "Spanish Spoken Here"
Apr 8
***** APRIL 8, MIDTERM II *****
20. & 21.) Apr 10 & 15
 Latino Leadership

Latino Leadership: "The Leader Within" - PowerPoint

22.) Apr 17
Guest Lecturer
23. & 24)
Apr 22 & 24
Latinos and Religion

Latinos and Religion - PowerPoint

25.)
Apr 29
Latinos and the Arts

Latino and the Arts - PowerPoint (2)

26.) May 1
 Latinos in our Nation's History
27.) May 6
"Class Exercise - Quotes"

Latino Studies - Quotes

28.) May 8
Closing Class Exercise and Class Evaluation

  FINAL EXAM

Tuesday, May 13th , 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Engelmann Hall,  Room 105