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LATS 385
Latinx Politics in New York City and Beyond Spring 2021
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 385 / LATS 385

Class Details

Latinas and Latinos have long sought inclusion in the U.S. polity and society. The meanings and terms of inclusion have shifted historically, as have the methods for seeking that inclusion. This course explores activism that has included community building to meet immediate needs, social service approaches, community-based organizing, political and social movements, and participation in pre-existing unions and political groups, as well as electoral politics. At times working within existing structures, Latinx communities have also questioned and challenged those existing structures. Activists have addressed a wide variety of often intersecting issues including education, workers’ rights, women’s rights and feminism, immigration rights and legal status, environmental justice, LBGTQ+ visibility and rights, as well as others. New York City has long been home to a diverse group of Latinas and Latinos, and provides an important lens to Latinidades and to the politics of recognition, inclusion, and radical transformation. For final projects, students will select a contemporary issue to explore in greater depth and/or explore Latinx politics in another community.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion-based course
Limit: 40
Expected: 15
Class#: 4345
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and short writing assignments, two essays of 3-5 pages each, final project of 7 to 10 pages, and final presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators, seniors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 385 Division II LATS 385 Division II
DPE Notes: This course explores how Latinx communities have sought inclusion in the U.S. polity and society, in the face of marginalization based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and/or political perspective, as well as other intersecting markers of difference. At times working within existing structures, Latinx communities also challenged those structures and power relations. Questions of difference, power and equity are explored at the structural, community, and individual levels.

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