WGSS 386
Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed LATS 386 / HIST 386 / WGSS 386
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An increasingly global economy, from 1945 to the present, has affected Latinas in their home countries and in the United States. The garment industry, one of the first industries to go global, has relied extensively on Latina workers in their home countries and in the United States. Domestic work, a traditional field of women’s work, also crosses borders. Challenging the myth that labor migration is a male phenomenon and that women simply follow the men, this course explores how the global economy makes Latinas labor migrants. What impact has the global economy and economic development had on Latinas’ work and their households in their home countries? How have economic changes and government policies shaped Latinas’ migrations and their incorporation in the changing U.S. economy? How have Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women confronted the challenges created by a globalizing economy and balanced demands to meet their households’ needs?
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 4081
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
Prerequisites: open to first-year students with instructor's permission
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 386 Division II HIST 386 Division II WGSS 386 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LATS Core Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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