WGST 386
Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed WGST 386 / LATS 386 / HIST 386
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This course examines the impact of the global economy on Latinas from 1945 to the present, including Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican women, as well as more recent immigrants from Central and South American countries. Using the garment industry as an example of a labor intensive industry that has gone global, we ask questions regarding the impact on Latinas in their countries of origin and in the United States. What impact has the global economy and economic development had on Latinas’ work and their households in their countries of origin? How have economic changes and government policies fostered Latinas’ migrations? How have Latinas been incorporated into the changing U.S. economy? How have Latinas confronted the challenges created by a globalizing economy? We will also explore the migration and the experiences of Latina domestics and farm workers, past and present. Focusing on the experiences of Latinas as they become racialized populations in the United States, this EDI course explores the impact of dominant U.S. hierarchies of race, gender and class on their economic incorporation, as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge those dominant U.S. hierarchies.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3185
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation and group presentations, short writing assignments, two short essays, and a final paper that will be presented to the class
Unit Notes: meets Group D or F requirements in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGST 386 Division II LATS 386 Division II HIST 386 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
INST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Core Electives
WGST Racial, Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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