AMST 332
Latinos and Education: The Politics of Schooling, Language, and Latino Studies Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 332 / LATS 332
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Schools have often become the focal point for debates over the relationship between cultural identity, intellectual abilities, and the production of knowledge. What should be taught, who should be taught, and how they should be taught frame the politics of schooling. Language has often taken center stage in these debates. This course examines the effects of educational policies and practices on the development of Latina/o students and communities. We will also consider how these students and communities have resourcefully carved out spaces and made demands to meet their educational needs. Topics include school desegregation, bilingual education, student walk-outs and sit-ins, as well as the origins and advancement of Chicano Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, and more recently Latino Studies programs on college campuses. Students will critically engage the major themes of the course in two essays as they also engage each other in the form of peer-reviews and other in-class writing workshop exercises. This course explores the experiences and expressions of racially and culturally diverse Latinas and Latinos, focusing on the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 3132
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, writing workshop participation (and related assignments), group presentations, and two essays (12-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 332 Division II LATS 332 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives
TEAC Related Courses

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