Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 101-01 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
A multi-disciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the regions through a study of their history, economics, politics, literature, and culture in transnational and comparative perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework that will prepare students for more specialized courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of LALC studies. Required of all LALC majors. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1330:TF   DENNY 313
LALC 123-01 Introduction to Latino Studies
Instructor: Marisol LeBron
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-01. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o political, social, and cultural practices in the United States. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a identity and what constitutes Latino/a studies, raising questions we will return to throughout the semester. We will then cover themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o identity.
1330:MR   DENNY 311
LALC 123-02 Black Feminist Thoughts
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, AMST 200-03 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant womens contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
LALC 200-02 Global Urban Poverty
Instructor: Anthony Barnum, Susan Rose
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-01.Global Urban Poverty is designed to provide a view of major social problems facing humanity in developing urban environments. Understanding that there is one planet and that what happens to peoples in one location affects peoples in another is an important part of living in the 21st century. As developing nations undergo a demographic shift from rural to urban majority populations, the stresses placed on government infrastructure in the areas of sanitation, housing, education, safety and security are immense. Urban poverty affects not only the poor, but also the affluent, as cities become contested sites. This course examines major social problems within the context of developing world urban poverty and seeks to stimulate students to evaluate their own lives in the context of larger social forces.
1500:WF   DENNY 311
LALC 230-01 Early Latin American History to 1800
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 130-01.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
LALC 242-01 Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues
Instructor: Edvan Brito, Mariana Past
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PORT 242-01. Course taught in English.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 321
LALC 262-01 South American Archaeology
Instructor: Maria Bruno
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 262-01 and ARCH 262-01.
1130:MWF   DENNY 103
LALC 295-01 Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Instructor: Alberto Rodriguez
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-06 and SPAN 295-01. Taught in Spanish.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 313
LALC 300-01 Immigration, Race and the Nation in Latin America
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 315-01. Characterized by a racially and ethnically diverse population, race has been contested terrain in the countries of Latin America. After independence, some countries embraced the mixed heritage of their populations as a distinctive feature of their national identities while others tried to change it by implementing active policies of immigration, especially from Europe. By looking at different national cases in comparison, this course explores how notions of race, ethnicity, and nationhood have varied in Latin America over time. The course will focus on both the views of key intellectuals and policy-makers as well as on the experiences and actions of peoples of diverse origins. It will discuss topics such as the legacy of slavery, racial democracy, indigenous policies, nationalism and nativism, and the comparative experiences of European and Asian immigrants in the region. Class discussion will give special attention to the different ways in which scholars have approached these topics over time.
1500:MR   WESTC 1
LALC 385-01 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, FLST 310-03 and SPAN 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
LALC 390-01 Human Rights in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Instructor: Hector Reyes Zaga
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SPAN 410-01. This seminar explores the aesthetic and ethical complexities of the relationship between human rights and literature, throughout the analysis of well-known cases of human rights abuses that occurred in Latin America during the twentieth and twenty first century. We will read a variety of literary, legal and visual texts such as novels, short stories, plays, testimonials, treaties, legal cases, songs, films etc.
1330:MR   BOSLER 213
LALC 490-01 Latin American Interdisciplinary Research
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Research into a topic concerning Latin America directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students must successfully defend their research paper to obtain course credit. The paper is researched and written in the fall semester for one-half course credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for the other half credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.
1330:W   WESTC 1
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-06 Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Instructor: Alberto Rodriguez
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 295-01 and SPAN 295-01. Taught in Spanish. This interdisciplinary introduction to Latina/o Studies discusses foundational historical, cultural, political, artistic, and literary texts of the U.S. Latina/o community. This class will cover diasporic movements and issues of identity, with a particular focus on the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban-American diaspora.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 313
AMST 301-02 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-03, LALC 386-01 and SPAN 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
Courses Offered in ANTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ANTH 262-01 South American Archaeology
Instructor: Maria Bruno
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARCH 262-01 and LALC 262-01.
1130:MWF   DENNY 103
Courses Offered in ARCH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARCH 262-01 South American Archaeology
Instructor: Maria Bruno
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 262-01 and LALC 262-01.
1130:MWF   DENNY 103
Courses Offered in FLST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FLST 310-03 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, LALC 385-01 and SPAN 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 130-01 Early Latin American History to 1800
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 230-01.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
HIST 315-01 Immigration, Race and the Nation in Latin America
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 300-01. Characterized by a racially and ethnically diverse population, race has been contested terrain in the countries of Latin America. After independence, some countries embraced the mixed heritage of their populations as a distinctive feature of their national identities while others tried to change it by implementing active policies of immigration, especially from Europe. By looking at different national cases in comparison, this course explores how notions of race, ethnicity, and nationhood have varied in Latin America over time. The course will focus on both the views of key intellectuals and policy-makers as well as on the experiences and actions of peoples of diverse origins. It will discuss topics such as the legacy of slavery, racial democracy, indigenous policies, nationalism and nativism, and the comparative experiences of European and Asian immigrants in the region. Class discussion will give special attention to the different ways in which scholars have approached these topics over time.
1500:MR   WESTC 1
Courses Offered in PORT
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PORT 242-01 Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues
Instructor: Edvan Brito, Mariana Past
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 242-01. Course taught in English.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 321
Courses Offered in SPAN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SPAN 295-01 Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Instructor: Alberto Rodriguez
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-06 and LALC 295-01. Taught in Spanish.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 313
SPAN 385-01 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, FLST 310-03 and LALC 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
SPAN 410-01 Human Rights in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Instructor: Hector Reyes Zaga
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 390-01. This seminar explores the aesthetic and ethical complexities of the relationship between human rights and literature, throughout the analysis of well-known cases of human rights abuses that occurred in Latin America during the twentieth and twenty first century. We will read a variety of literary, legal and visual texts such as novels, short stories, plays, testimonials, treaties, legal cases, songs, films etc.
1330:MR   BOSLER 213