Historical, social, and economic experience of Latinos in the United States. Major themes include education, labor, class, and gender identity. Analyzes rapid growth of old and newly established Latino communities, based on emigration from Latin America.
The course will cover the history, culture, and development of Latino communities in the U.S. Specifically, the course will examine Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican origin communities as well as post 1965 immigrant populations from various sending areas of the Americas.
Student learning goals
Become better informed about the history, socio-economic, and political background of nation's largest ethnic minority community.
Learn to address and think and write critically regarding general assumptions concerning Latinos in the U.S.
Become knowledgeable about the impact of globalization and increasing economic and political links across international borders in the Americas.
Become better informed about the various Latino groups that contribute to the diversity and complexity of U.S. society.
Learn to become socially responsible.
Learn to work independently in an ethnically diverse classroom setting as well as in small groups
General method of instruction
Lecture and class discussion during first part of the quarter. Directed reading and class discussion in second part. The third part of the quarter devoted to student led discussion and analysis of selections from literary anthology.
Class assignments and grading
Assigned reading, essay exams, and group rpoject.
Completion of the assignments determine the grade.