2021 Remote Latin American & Latino Studies Summer Courses


    Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (5 credits)

  • LALS 1-01

    Session 1

    Interdisciplinary introduction presenting the elements for studying Latin American politics and economics, culture, and society as well as the dynamics of Latino communities in the U.S. Special attention paid to issues of colonialism, human rights, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, racism, capitalist globalization, migration, to emerging political and economic shifts in the Americas, and to new local and transnational efforts for social change on the part of Latin America's peoples and Latinos in the U.S. General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor - Boyeong Kim


  • Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (5 credits)

  • LALS 1-02

    Session 2

    Interdisciplinary introduction presenting the elements for studying Latin American politics and economics, culture, and society as well as the dynamics of Latino communities in the U.S. Special attention paid to issues of colonialism, human rights, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, racism, capitalist globalization, migration, to emerging political and economic shifts in the Americas, and to new local and transnational efforts for social change on the part of Latin America's peoples and Latinos in the U.S. General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor - Mauricio Ramirez


  • Truth, Justice, and Statistics (5 credits)

  • LALS 15

    Session 1

    Provides statistical methodological training and skills through the examination of social and cultural manifestations of truth as a tool to serve social justice efforts for Latinx and other minoritized students in the education setting. General Education Code SR

    Proposed Instructor - Emilia Valenzuela


  • Social Movements in Latin America (5 credits)

  • LALS 30

    Session 2

    Examines contemporary social movements in Latin America, especially those that arose from popular response to different forms of social exclusion and to authoritarian political systems. Explores a variety of popular movements, their successes and setbacks, including rural and urban uprisings, native nations and their descendants, women, labor, human rights, and transnational movements. General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor - Juan Carlos Davila


  • Intersections of Race, Class, & Gender (5 credits)

  • LALS 45

    Session 1

    Introduces theories of race, class, and gender which shape understandings about racial/ethnic issues in the United States. With particular attention to the experiences of U.S. racial/ethnic groups, including Latinas/os, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans, this course draws from interdisciplinary research to address how race, class, and gender are also crosscutting dynamics. General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor - Ismael Illescas


  • Art and Social Change in Latin America: Diego Rivera (5 credits)

  • LALS 75

    Session 2

    Explores the works of Diego Rivera, other Mexican muralists, and the Latin American cultural movements that developed to address relevant social and political issues. General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor - Greg Landau


  • Hip Hop History (5 credits)

  • LALS 79

    Session 2

    Exploration of key themes in Latin American history through the medium of hip hop. Students analyze prevalent historical patterns that speak to shared experiences across the Americas. Course content is divided into weekly modules that move thematically through topics including struggles for social and political citizenship, structural mechanisms of exclusion, and anti-imperialist activisms. Also includes reading primary historical documents and engaging in textual analysis of both archival and contemporary texts. Readings equip students to critically interpret elements of hip-hop culture from contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean including MCing, graffiti, and hip hop as the production of knowledge. General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor - Lily Balloffet


  • Hip Hop Historia (taught in Spanish) (5 credits)

  • LALS 79S

    Session 2

    Este curso es una exploración de temas claves en la historia de América Latina a través del hip hop. Lxs estudiantes se involucrarán con los diversos "elementos" del hip hop como punto de partida para analizar los patrones históricos prevalentes en el hemisferio. Estos patrones hablan de experiencias compartidas en todo el continente americano, al tiempo que señalan las contingencias profundamente influyentes de los contextos locales. El contenido del curso se divide en módulos semanales (5 en total, un módulo cada semana) que se mueven temáticamente a través de temas que incluyen luchas por la ciudadanía social y política, mecanismos estructurales de exclusión y activismos antiimperialistas. A lo largo del curso, lxs estudiantes desarrollarán una comprensión de los ejemplos históricos concretos que ilustran estos temas al leer documentos históricos primarios y participar en el análisis textual de los textos tanto de archivo como contemporáneos. Estas lecturas nos equiparán para interpretar críticamente elementos de la cultura hip-hop de América Latina y el Caribe contemporáneos, incluidos MCing, graffiti y hip hop como la producción de conocimiento. General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor - Lily Balloffet


  • Latin American Philosophy (5 credits)

  • LALS 80E

    Session 1

    Is there a general school of philosophy endemic to Latin America? Would it have to appeal to quintessential Western philosophical questions regarding knowledge, values, and reality? If not, why not, and would it then still count as philosophy? What difference do ethnic and national diversity, as well as strong political and social inequality, make to the development of philosophical questions and frameworks? Course explores a variety of historically situated Latin American thinkers who investigate ethnic identity, gender, and socio-political inequality and liberation, and historical memory, and who have also made important contributions to mainstream analytical and continental philosophy. Cross Listed Courses PHIL 80E

    Proposed Instructor - TBA


  • Latina/o Art and Representation (5 credits)

  • LALS 133

    Session 1

    Focus on art forms and visual representations of Latina/os in the United States. Emphasis on visual art created by artists associated with the Chicano/o movement and the Central American diaspora. Topics include cultural identity, murals, public art, and fine art.

    Proposed Instructor - Mauricio Ramirez