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

BOLTON HALL B56


Files for Download

 

Course Syllabus Fall 2014

   

Non-Required Readings

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

 


1.)
Sept 2
Introductions and Presentation of Syllabus
2.)
Sept 4
Short Film, "The Origins of the Roberto Hernandez Center" and Chicano / Latino Activism

"Latino Activism" - PowerPoint

"Tiburcio Vasquez, A Chicano Perspective" - Publication

3.& 4.)

Sept 9 & 11

"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.)

Sept 16 & 18

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.)
Sept 23
 FILM, "The Bronze Screen"

 

8. & 9.)
Sept 25 & 30
"Latino Identity, Assimilation/Acculturation" - Class Exercise

10. & 11.)

Oct 2 & 9
 "Latinos and Education"

Latinos and Education - PowerPoint

Bachelors Degree Attained by State - Data

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

 ► Oct 7
***** FEBRUARY 25, MIDTERM I *****
12.) Oct 14

Class Exercise - Questions

13. & 14.)

Oct 16 & 21

"Latino & Politics"

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

Latino & Politics - PowerPoint

15.)

Oct 23
Poem: "I Am Joaquin"

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

16.) Oct 28
FILM "Spanish Spoken Here"
17. & 18.) Oct 30 & Nov 4
Latinos and The Media

Latinos & the Media - PowerPoint

Dia de los Muertos, Altares WPCA - PowerPoint

19.) Nov 6
Latinos and the Arts
Latino and the Arts - PowerPoint (2)
Nov 11
***** NOVEMBER 11, MIDTERM II *****
20.) Nov 13
"Class Exercise - Quotes"

Latino Studies - Quotes

21. & 22.) Nov 18 & 20
Latino Leadership

Latino Leadership: "The Leader Within" - PowerPoint

23.) Nov 25
Latino Consumer Demand

Nov 27
***** NOVEMBER 27, THANKSGIVING BREAK *****

 

 

24. & 25)
Dec 2 & 4
Latinos and Religion

Latinos and Religion - PowerPoint

26.)
Dec 9
Latinos in our Nation's History
27.) Dec 11
Closing Class Exercise and Class Evaluation

  FINAL EXAM

Tuesday, Dec 16th , 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Bolton Hall,  Room B56