LATS 385
Latinx Activism: From the Local to the Transnational Fall 2022
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed LATS 385 / HIST 385

Class Details

Latinas/os/x’s have long sought inclusion in the U.S. polity and society, while the meanings of inclusion and the means to achieve it have shifted historically. For Latinxs, activism is often shaped by the specific dynamics of each group’s migration to the United States and by their arrival into a particular context. Home country politics and transnational connections can remain important. Yet local activism to meet immediate needs and to address critical issues becomes important as well. Working within existing structures, Latinx communities have at times questioned and challenged those existing structures, as activists have addressed a wide variety of often intersecting issues. This course roots itself in the historical progression of Puerto Rican and Mexican-American activism, before turning to the social and political movements of the late 1960s and 1970s, as shaped by Puerto Ricans, Chicanos/as, Cubans, and Dominicans. The 1980s witnessed increased immigration from several Central and South American countries, arriving in the context of reactions to those political and social movements, as well as increased U.S. intervention in their countries of origin–a context that again shaped both local and transnational activism. Students’ final projects will be anchored within this historical framing and within the lens of local and transnational activism, while moving forward in time to consider more contemporary dimensions of Latinx activism.
The Class: Format: seminar; This is a discussion-based and writing intensive course, so reading and full participation is important. Students will be expected to read each other's work and to provide thoughtful and constructive feedback.
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1401
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation and presentations; several 3-4 page essays; final paper of 12-15 pages, as well as proposal, bibliography, and drafts
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators, seniors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 385 Division II HIST 385 Division II
WS Notes: Several writing assignments of 3-4 pages provide the foundation for 12-15 page final papers. In consultation with the professor, students select a topic and submit a 3-4 page proposal with a bibliography. Students submit a draft for a workshop session with other students. A final presentation is another opportunity to hone arguments and use of evidence, as well as to receive feedback on revised drafts from the professor.
DPE Notes: This course examines how Latinx communities have sought inclusion in U.S. society and polity, in the face of marginalization based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and/or political perspective, as well as other intersecting markers of difference. Questions of difference, power, and equity are analyzed at the structural, community, and individual levels.
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LATS Core Electives

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