Lauro H Flores
Interdisciplinary course concentrating on one or more aspects of the Chicano experience.
Students will become acquainted with Chicano history and society as reflected in selected works of literature. In addition, they will develop their critical thinking and practice the articulation, verbally and in writing, of coherent textual analyses. Given the nature of the course, some materials will contain "bilingual" text (English/Spanish/Chicano), others will be availablen in Spanish *only*. Ideally, students should be able to read both English and Spanish.
Student learning goals
Students will become acquainted with the history of US-Mexico relations.
Students will understand the Chicano experience (history, literature, culture, language) in the United States.
Students will know how to read literary texts in a critical and analytical manner.
Students will learn to articulate oral arguments around specific themes in literary texts.
Students will learn to elaborate written, focused analyses of literary topics.
General method of instruction
The instructor provides the general context and then guides the students in the discussion of specific aspects of each text. Students are divided into small groups for the purposes of oral, in-class presentations that serve as the starting point for the discussion of selected assigned texts.
If possible, secure the list of required readings, acquire the texts and read them in advance (all of them are in the reserve section of OUGL). Students should have a minimum acquaintance with literary terminology.
Class assignments and grading
1. One group, in-class presentation (15-20 mins.) 2. One midterm, take-home essay (about 5-6 pp.) 3. One final paper (10 pp., notes and bibliography)
1. Attendance and participation 2. Oral presentation 3. Midterm 4. Final paper