Selected themes in Chicano experience; studies in Chicano politics and Chicano socioeconomic concerns.
The course will examine the historical development of the Mexican community in the United States. The Mexican historical experience will be presented within the context of U.S. and and some Mexican history. The objective will be to describe and explain time and place specific variations in the socio-cultural incorporation of the Mexican community, as a national minority and bottom segment of the working class. The course will address change and continuity as we give emphasis to the themes of racialized social relations; work; migration; community and diplomatic trans-border relations; social struggles; constructed group identities; and the process of historical production.
Student learning goals
Students will learn how to analyze and discuss secondary and primary resources on Chicana/o history.
Students will learn how to synthesize lecture material with readings to develop their own discussions.
Students will learn to a write short essay(s) that reflect an understanding of Chicana/o history and literature.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussions, and student led discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Majority of grade is group presentation based. Other assignments will be an essay based on George Washington Gomzes. Quizzes on secondary readings(Occupied America text) and participation.
20% Student based discussions/10% Student participation/25% Quizzes/15% Gomez Reflective Essay/30% Group Project