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Spring 2012-2013
* LAO 200 / SOC 341 / LAS 336 (SA)   na, npdf

Latinos in American Life and Culture

Edward E. Telles

This course will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States socially, politically, and culturally even as they themselves change in the process. Topics to be examined include the social and cultural significance of "Latino" or "Hispanic" as an ethnic or racial category, how Latinos fit into the American social system, ethnic and cultural identities, their educational and health outcomes, the implications of the unprecedented geographic dispersal of Latinos, and their growing contribution and impact on mainstream and other types of culture including music, literature, and language.

Sample reading list:
M. Tienda and F. Mitchell, Hispanics and the American Future
Flores and Rosaldo, A Companion to Latina/o Studies
Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Meissner, et al, Immigration and America's Future
E. Telles and. V. Ortiz, Generations of Exclusion
Arlene Davila, Latino Spin
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to completing all readings in advance of class and attending lectures and a weekly precept, students will prepare two short reading responses (5% each), a position paper about a current controversy (20%), and a mini-paper about one of the required videos (20%). In addition, there will be at least one activity outside of class, such as viewing a documentary or visiting an artistic display.

Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Active participation in precept is expected.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40881 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:15 Limit:20
P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P02 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:0 Limit:15