LATS 471 Spring 2015 Comparative Latina/o Migrations (D) (W)

Cross Listed as HIST471
Since the 1970s, policymakers, scholars, the media, and popular discourses have used the umbrella terms "Hispanic" and "Latina/o" to refer to Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and more recent immigrants from Central and South American countries. As a form of racial/ethnic categorization, however, these umbrella terms can mask widely divergent migration histories and experiences in the United States. In this course, we develop theoretical perspectives and comparative analyses to untangle a complicated web of similarities and differences among Latino groups. How important were their time of arrival and region of settlement? How do we explain differences in socioeconomic status? How fruitful and appropriate are comparative analyses with other racial/ethnic groups, such as African Americans or European immigrants? Along the way, we explore the emergence of Latina/o Studies as an interdisciplinary and comparative field of study, as well as methods used in Latino and Latina history, specifically oral histories, government documents, newspapers, and interdisciplinary approaches. In this EDI course, we ask whether the history and processes of racialization in the United States has created similarities and/or differences in each group's experiences, and to what extent the field of Latina/o Studies offers an alternative to racial biases embedded in the dominant academic discourses.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and presentations, a proposal, an annotated bibliography, a short historiographical essay, and a research paper based in part on primary sources
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and to Latina/o Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,LATS 400-level Seminars
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 8-15
Class Number: 3416
LATS 471 - 01 (S) SEM Comparatve Latina/o Migrations (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Carmen T. Whalen
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Sawyer 508 3416
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