LATS 471
Comparative Latina/o Migrations Spring 2012
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 471
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Since the 1970s, policymakers, scholars, the media, and popular discourses have used the umbrella terms “Hispanic” and “Latina/o” to refer to Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and more recent immigrants from Central and South American countries. As a form of racial/ethnic categorization, however, these umbrella terms can mask widely divergent migration histories and experiences in the United States. In this course, we develop theoretical perspectives and comparative analyses to untangle a complicated web of similarities and differences among Latino groups. How important were their time of arrival and region of settlement? How do we explain differences in socioeconomic status? How fruitful and appropriate are comparative analyses with other racial/ethnic groups, such as African Americans or European immigrants? Along the way, we explore the emergence of Latina/o Studies as an interdisciplinary and comparative field of study, as well as methods used in Latino and Latina history, specifically oral histories, government documents, newspapers, and interdisciplinary approaches. In this EDI course, we ask whether the history and processes of racialization in the United States has created similarities and/or differences in each group’s experiences, and to what extent the field of Latina/o Studies offers an alternative to racial biases embedded in the dominant academic discourses.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 8-15
Class#: 3609
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and presentations, a proposal, an annotated bibliography, a short historiographical essay, and a research paper based in part on primary sources
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and to Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 471 Division II HIST 471 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
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