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Jose A Lucero
SIS 522
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Ethnicity and Nationalism

Topics vary, but always focus on ethnic group relations and nationalism viewed from a broad, comparative, interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is heavily cross-cultural, and the geographical coverage world-wide.

Class description

With an empirical focus on Latin America, this course will survey various theoretical approaches to the study of race, nation, and ethnicity in the Atlantic World. Topics will include theories of identity, state policies from indigenismo to contemporary multiculturalism, Indigenous and Black social movements, and the intersectionality of race, gender, and class.

Student learning goals

To understand the intellectual history of the study of race and ethnicity in the fields of anthropology, sociology and political science

To gain an understanding of the history of racial formation in various Latin American contexts

To engage scholarly literature in a critical and productive way

To generate research questions around course themes

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion and in-class presentations.

Recommended preparation

No previous study of Latin America or race is expected, but a high level of engagement and interest is.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignment will include short response papers and a longer research paper on topic of students choice.

Grades will be bases on the quality of seminar participation and written work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/21/2010