Advanced study of a specific topic, problem, or area of the world in order to provide a deeper understanding of an aspect of Global Studies.
"Culture and Resistance in the Americas"
This course will center on the question: How is culture used to articulate resistance? We will look at the rich history of political cultural production in Latin America, the Caribbean, and diaspora used by social movement actors as voices of resistance and opposition. For example, Salvadoran guerrillas used rebel radio stations to deliver their revolutionary message; Cuban rappers, Chicano rockers, and Chilean New Song musicians use their lyrics and instruments to convey histories of repression and articulate resistance; Latin American film makers write and produce documentary films to share and archive political histories overlooked by the mainstream; fiction writers use their prose to commit their struggles to the literary archives and give voice to the marginalized.
Student learning goals
You should be a strong and capable writer
You should be a confident and competent researcher
You should be able to make connections between historical and contemporary events
You should understand the place of culture in articulating political messages
You should understand the place of politics in reshaping cultures
General method of instruction
This class is set up as a seminar. We will have no more than twenty-four students and we will discuss the readings as a group with little formal lecturing. The class will be reading and writing intensive. We will use a variety of different types of text including: films, fiction, social science, history, and testimonies.
Required texts: Partnoy, Alicia. 1998. The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival. SF, Calif.: Midnight Editions. Shayne, Julie. 2009. They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. Course reader available on-line
Recommended texts: Cockcroft, Eva Sperling and Holly Barnet-Sánchez, eds. 1993. Signs From the Heart: California Chicano Murals. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Kunzle, David. 1997. Che Guevara: Icon, Myth, and Message. Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
The class is geared toward advanced undergraduate as well as graduate students. No formal preparation is necessary but you may contact me in advance for the syllabus: firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a blackboard page that you can browse in advance.
Class assignments and grading
This a reading and writing intensive course. Assignments include: 1)Section write ups 2)Research papers and related sub-assignments
Grades will be based on sound analysis, clear writing, informed class participation, and attention to detail.