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Mapping The Borderlands: The U.S./Mexico Border and Digital Storytelling
HIST 299
Fall 2022
Section: 01  

The U.S./Mexico border is not only a geographical boundary, but a complex mapping project, where governments and corporations project their visions of the landscape into policies and boundaries, only to run afoul of people, terrain, and climate. Therefore, this course will serve two interrelated functions: 1) to explore borderlands as a concept and spatial relations, particularly at the U.S./Mexico border 2) to use digital tools to tell spatial stories about the border. While the current location of the border is often naturalized as an ahistorical and timeless dividing line between the United States and Mexico, this course acquaints students with a long historical approach and competing perspectives on issues arising from the presence of the U.S./Mexico border/lands. Using monographs, first-hand accounts, film, and music, we will trace the recent history, politics, and culture of the borderlands, exploring topics like racialization, immigration, gender, place-making, and cultural exchange. At the same time, we will examine and apply digital methods that complement our understanding of the U.S./Mexico border.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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