LATS 114
Of Caravans and Narcos: U.S. Media Narratives about Central and South America Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 114
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What do contemporary U.S. media discourses about Central and South America reveal about relationships of power in the Americas? How does the systematic analysis of visual, textual, and sonic media discourse enhance our comprehension of broader social dynamics? How do South and Central Americans in the diaspora actively counter dominant media narratives about their communities? And what does it mean to center the unique histories, cultures, and political contexts of diasporic Central and South Americans within Latina/o/x Studies? Drawing from a wide range of scholarly materials and media platforms, this interdisciplinary course assumes a transnational approach to these issues, with an emphasis on how to conduct effective discourse analysis of everyday media texts. Above all, we will highlight the ways in which ethno-racial identity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation intersect to inform mainstream U.S. media narratives and our understandings of past and present modes of representation.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3490
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short (5- to 7-page) essays; one class presentation; final take-home examination (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators by seniority; AMST majors by seniority
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 114 Division II LATS 114 Division II
DPE Notes: This courses encourages students to develop critical thinking skills regarding the intersection of categories of difference (including ethno-racial identity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation) employing a variety of scholarly materials and every day media texts. Students will be encouraged to consider past and current relationships of power across the Americas with an eye towards how attitudes towards Central and South Americans shape representations of these communities in the Global North.
Attributes: LATS Core Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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