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Spring 2016-2017
* LAO 200 / SOC 341 / LAS 336 (SA)   na, npdf

Latinos in American Life and Culture

Rubia d. Valente

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 meanings of "Latino" and "Hispanic" as ethno-racial categories, where Latinos fit in the American social and economic hierarchies, cultural identities, immigration and assimilation, the significance of Hispanics' unprecedented geographic dispersal, and their myriad impacts on mainstream music, literature, and language.

Sample reading list:
Flores and Rosaldo, A Companion to Latina/o Studies
Carlos Soltero, Latinos and American Law: Landmark Supreme
Cristina Mora, Making Hispanics
Tienda and Mitchell, Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies
Juan Gonzalez, Harvest of Empire
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to completing all readings in advance of class and attending lectures, students will prepare short reading responses (10%); write a position paper about a current controversy (20%); and prepare a critique of a required video (10%). Depending on finances, there may be at least one activity outside of class, such as visiting an artistic display. There will be a final paper in lieu of a final exam due on Dean's date.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40945 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:6 Limit:35