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Spring 2018 Courses

The Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national-origin groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues.

 

Examples include: Chicana and Latina History; Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies; Latina/os and Media; Chicana and Chicano History; Race in the Borderlands; The American West; Chican@ & Latin@ Film Culture; Chicana Feminisms; Chican@ & Latin@ and Latina/o Immigrant and Diasporic Cultures; Mexican American Politics; and Integrative Seminar in Comparative Race and Nationalism.

 

Course Topic Time Professor Course Description
CLS 102

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies

TR 1:20-2:10 Christy Clark-Pujara  

Introduces students to a multicultural history of the US, focusing on each of the major ethnic groups.  European Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Chicano/as, Latino/as and Asian Americans.

 

CLS 201

Introdution to Chican@ and Latina@ Studies

 

 

TR 9:30-10:45 PM

Kimberly Hernandez

Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of Chican@s in the United States. Students will become acquainted with recent scholarly literature, paradigms, theories, and debates within Chican@ studies pertaining to the historical, economic, cultural, and sociopolitical dimensions of the Chican@ experience in the United States.

Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr & So only

CLS 201

Introdution to Chican@ and Latina@ Studies

MWF 9:55-10:45 AM Ana Marcela Fuentes

Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of Chican@s in the United States. Students will become acquainted with recent scholarly literature, paradigms, theories, and debates within Chican@ studies pertaining to the historical, economic, cultural, and sociopolitical dimensions of the Chican@ experience in the United States.

Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr & So only

CLS

231

Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies

MWF 9:55-10:45

 Benjamin Marquez

Examines Race, ethnicity, and religion as political factors; cultural pluralism, politics, and policy in the United States and selected other multi-cultural politics.

Pre-Reqs: Sophomore standing required

CLS 330

Topics in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies: Whiteness & Racial Formation in the USA

MW 2:30-3:45 PM

 

 Revel Sims  Explores the social construction of Whiteness in the U.S. from its origin in colonization to the contemporary period. A major focus of the class will be tracing the evolution of race, and through the lens of racial formation, introduce theories of about identity, citizenship and justice relevant to anti-racist praxis.

CLS 330

Topics in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies: Chicana Feminisms MW 4:00-5:15 PM Ana Marcela Fuentes Examines major concerns in Chicana Studies including the social construction of social relations, the intersection of gender with other identities, cultural mestizaje, and sexuality. Analyzes issues of concern among Chicanas and within Chicana studies including labor exploitation and organizing, educational equality, and political participation.  Critical engagement with interdisciplinary readings, poetry, Chicana popular culture, and film.

 CLS 

355

Labor in the Americas: The U.S. and Mexico  TR 9:30-10:45 AM Patrick Barrett  Critically examines the history of labor and working people in the Americas, from the colonial era to the present, focusing on the experience of the United States and Mexico, offering a comparative perspective on their distinct but shared (and increasingly linked) histories. Topics include slavery and other forms of forced labor, industrialization and labor unrest, incorporation of labor after World War II, neoliberalism, migration, and the drug trade.   Pre-Reqs: Sophomore standing

 CLS 

525

Dimensions of Latin@ Mental Health Services

M 9:00AM-12:00PM

Alyssa Ramirez

This service-learning course trains students who aspire to one of the helping, health, or mental health professions and who currently work or who plan to serve Latin@ populations. The course provides important frameworks for working with Latin@s, including cultural, spiritual, linguistic and historical features relevant to this population and applies knowledge in service-learning placements.

CLS 530

Adv. Topics in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies: Ethnicity, Race & Justice. TR 1:00-2:15 PM Michael Light

Explores the intersection of ethnicity, race, and justice including: 1) racial and ethnic relations in society 2) racial and ethnic differences in crime and violence, 3) racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, and 4) race and ethnicity under the law. A major focus of this course will be to move beyond the black/white dichotomy, with a specific emphasis on US Latin@s.

CLS 530  Adv. Topics in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies: Immigration, Crime & Enforcement TR 4:00 - 5:15 PM Michael Light Engages both historical and present-day debates surrounding immigration and crime. Emphases include: (1) theories of migration and criminal behavior; (2) the motivation for, and effectiveness of, immigration enforcement; (3) the increasing use of criminal justice tools in border enforcement, and; (4) the experiences of living undocumented in the United States. A significant focus of this course will be on Latin@ immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.
CLS 699 Directed Study  --  --

Credit(s) for self-directed students learners conducting independent reading and research under the mentorship and guidance of a faculty member.

 

 

All course offerings are subject to change.

 

 

NOTE: For a full list of course offerings, please refer to the Course Guide