Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course will introduce major themes within the field of Latinx studies, using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the experiences of Latinx people within the United States and throughout the Americas. Employing a range of historical, theoretical, political, and cultural texts, this class will ask students to think about a number of issues central to the field of Latinx studies, including migration, language, nationalism, indigeneity, education, labor, assimilation, and cultural imperialism. This course will also look at the ways in which intersectional identifications, including race, sexuality, and gender, operate within frameworks of Latinidad.
Methodologically, this course will draw from such diverse fields as ethnic studies, history, political science, border studies, gender theory, sexuality studies, critical race theory, and urban studies. As we utilize a broad range of texts and synthesize diverse perspectives and ideas, students will be asked to interrogate formative concepts, such as the border, America(s), and the nation. Central class queries will probe the boundaries of Latina/o identity, the working of intersectional identities, patterns of migration, and the ways in which institutional power shapes the contemporary Latinx experience.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CBST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include:Ana Castillo, Massacre of the Dreamers
John Charles Chasteen, Born In Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America
Greg Grandin, Empire¿s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Jason De León, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm paper, short reading responses, final paper. Participation is vital and expected.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the Hemispheric/Transnational requirement for American Studies majors.
|Instructor(s): Grappo,Laura Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 30||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 7||FR: 7|
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