RLSP 251
Somos Sur: US-Mexico-Central American Borderlines Fall 2019
Division I Writing Skills

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What are borderlands? How have they been created? How do they affect the life of those who cross or are being crossed by these borders? This course focuses on the cultural production that explores US-Mexico-Central American borderlands and the diverse policies and practices that (re)create and (re)image these borders. In consideration of some of the dictatorships in Central America, the NAFTA agreement and post 9/11 policies, as well as war zones and the drug war; we will explore the concepts of citizenship, migration, nationalism, and (in)visibility in its intersection with gender, racial positioning, and social class. Drawing upon cultural studies, feminist theory, history, and ethnography we will examine materials such as photography, installation art, journalism, literature, film, and music. This interdisciplinary approach aims to shed light on the causes and consequences of the political, cultural, and economic narratives involved in our current understanding of these fronteras. This class is conducted in Spanish; readings will be in both English and Spanish.
The Class: Type: Lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 18
Class#: 1823
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: essays, oral presentation, participation
Prerequisites: Spanish 105, placement exam results, permission of the instructor or the Department Chair.
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Weekly short (less than 1000 words) papers, alternatively letter-graded and graded P/F; at least three letter-graded papers will be revisions of a P/F paper; and final 5 pages long paper, which is a revision and expansion of the last weekly paper.

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