Course Description

  • Instructor: Rodriguez, Merylou
  • Description:

    This interdisciplinary course examines historical and contemporary formations of Latin@ communities in the US. This class looks at the social, cultural, geographic, political, and symbolic developments and forces that shape Latin@ experiences, relationships, dislocations, conflicts, and cultural norms, particularly as they relate to the politics of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality. We also explore the connection between space, power, and Latin@ populations across the country, and the course highlights the ways in which Latin@ groups challenge social obstacles and re-shape their environments. In addition to engaging in community building praxis throughout the class, the course provides a space to expose the diverse forms of civic engagement and perspectives of social change currently take place locally, regionally, and beyond.

  • Learning Goals:

    • Explore the contemporary, historical, social, political, cultural, geographic, and symbolic formations of Latin@ communities
    • Compare and contrast the diverse experiences of different Latin@ populations group formations
    • Critically assess the relationship between race, space, and power in various contexts
    • Analyze different approaches and methods to civic engagement and social change
    • Participate in creative and interpersonal forms of praxis and community building

  • Required Reading:

    Readings will be available on Sakai. The course materials may consist of journal articles, legal documents, creative essays, text selections, and book chapters, etc.

  • Evaluation:

    Attendance and participation 10
    Activity 5
    2 Response papers (10 points each) 20
    3 exams 30
    Community project outline 10
    Final group project 20
    Reflection paper 5

    Total points 100

  • Credits: 3
  • Disclaimer: The information in this course description is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (e.g. Canvas).