2020 Latin American & Latino Studies Summer Courses


    Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (5 credits)

  • LALS 1

    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(s): ER.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Boyeong Kim

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

  • LALS 45

    Session 2

    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. (Formerly Race, Class, Gender.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    Proposed Instructor - Candy Martinez

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

  • LALS 75

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    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(s): IM) 

    Proposed Instructor - Greg Landau

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  • Hip Hop History/Historia Hip Hop (online) (5 credits)

  • LALS 79

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    This course is an exploration of key themes in Latin American History through the medium of hip hop. Students will engage with the various “elements” of hip hop as a jumping off point for analyzing prevalent historical patterns.  These patterns speak to shared experiences across the Americas, while simultaneously signaling the deeply influential contingencies of local contexts. The 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. Throughout the course, students will build an understanding of the concrete historical examples that illustrate these topics by reading primary historical documents, and engaging in textual analysis of both archival and contemporary texts. These readings will equip us 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(s): TA)

    Proposed Instructor - Lily Balloffet

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  • Hip Hop History/Historia Hip Hop Taught in Spanish (online) (5 credits)

  • LALS 79S

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Taught in Spanish, this course is an exploration of key themes in Latin American History through the medium of hip hop. Students will engage with the various “elements” of hip hop as a jumping off point for analyzing prevalent historical patterns.  These patterns speak to shared experiences across the Americas, while simultaneously signaling the deeply influential contingencies of local contexts. The 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. Throughout the course, students will build an understanding of the concrete historical examples that illustrate these topics by reading primary historical documents, and engaging in textual analysis of both archival and contemporary texts. These readings will equip us 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(s): TA)

    Proposed Instructor - Lily Balloffet

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  • Visualizing Human Rights (5 credits)

  • LALS 172

    Session 2

    Explores how visual artists take up the subject of human rights in response to urgent challenges facing Latina/o and Latin American communities across the Americas. Examines the imprint of film and media arts reshaping human-rights discourse. Considers persistent themes in Latina/o representation, including colonialism and state terrorism; self-representation and the rights of collectives (racial, ethnic, and sexual groups); social and economic rights. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Sylvanna Falcon

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