Courses in Latino Studies

Check out our full list of courses for this academic year (2016-2017) here.

For next year's courses (2017-2018) click here.

3. Introduction to Latino Studies.

18S: 10
This course provides students with a critical overview of some of the most central themes and issues that have shaped the experiences of Latina/o populations in the U.S. The main areas of inquiry that this course will address include: the history of ethnic levels; the formation of transnational communities and identities; the politics of language and bilingualism: race, class, and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; political and social movements; geographic space and localities; and media and popular culture. In order to foster an interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach to Latina/o Studies, course materials will draw from the social sciences and the humanities, as well as from U.S. and Latin American scholarship and cultural traditions. This course will serve as a general introduction to the more focused areas of study developed in an intermediate and upper level LATS course. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. M. Garcia.

5. Complexities of Latino Identity in the United States (Identical to Sociology 44)

17X: 10A
The Latino population currently consists of approximately 52 million people in the United States,or about 1 in 6 Americans; by the year 2050 the U.S. Census estimates that the Latino population will makeup at least 30 percent of the total U.S. population, about 132.8 million individuals. This course examines the diverse social, economic, political, and cultural histories of those who are now commonly identified as Latinas/os in the United States. The course combines the close reading of required texts with detailed classroom discussion. This course will provide students with the essential tools needed to question, discuss, and examine topics, such as, the social construction of race and ethnicity, immigration, theories of power, colonialism, manifest destiny,forms of resistance and social movement activity, urbanization, labor, family, gender issues and relations, race relations, and community social capital. The goal is to have students develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the impact of and the important roles played by Latino men and women in the formation and development of U.S. society. Dist. SOC; WCult: CI. Gómez.

11. PerformActivism Latinoamérica (Identical to Theater 10)

Not offered in the period from 17X through 18S
In this course we will examine the intersection of activism and performance in the Americas. “Performance” will refer to a wide range of embodied artistic practices from street theater, community-based theater, site-specific performance art, interventionist art, Hip Hop, and muralism. We will study the ways in which performance has been used as a forum that not only raises political, social, and cultural consciousness, but also interrupts daily life and rehearses notions of community in the 20th and 21st centuries. Theoretical articles on performance and activism will serve to complement the varied modes of performance studied and explicate how they have sparked civic dialogue and social change. We will pay special attention to the ways Latin American and Latino activist practitioners have engaged civil society as well as government and corporate structures through their praxis. Throughout the term, we will revisit the questions: why be an activist, where, how and when; and how can performance be placed at the service of activism. Class discussions and activities will underscore the critical interconnection between theory and practice (praxis). In addition to studying the power of performance as a tool for activism students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on performance techniques that can be used to engage social and political issues of concern to the class. Working in groups, students will take a stance on one of these issues before creating a public intervention. These interventions might draw from street/guerilla theater, installation art, invisible theater, performance art, dance, protest poetry, photography, muralism, or digitally mediated performance. This course is open to all students with or without experience in theater. Dist. ART. A'Ness and Hernandez.

35. The Virgin of Guadalupe, from Tilma to Tattoo

17S: 10A
Beginning with her precursors in the Old and New World, this course approaches Guadalupe as a tool with which to pry open questions central to Mexican and Chicano/a identity. For some, she is a mother-figure with characteristics once attributed to pre-Columbian goddesses; for others, she is a feminist champion of political revolution. This course concentrates on the most compelling contexts in which Guadalupe has been called on to negotiate religious, racial, sexual, and national identity. Open to all classes.17S:Dist:TMV; WCult:NW. Pérez  

35.1. U.S. Latina/o Theater and Performance (Identical to Theater 10.2)

Not offered 17X though 18S.
 

40: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (Identical to Geography 28 and Sociology 48)

18S: 10A
This course examines immigration to the United States and pays special attention to issues of race and ethnicity. The course begins with a brief history of US immigration and then thematically covers specific topics such as economic impacts and costs, social mobility, citizenship, transnationalism, and assimilation, and religious issues and their relationship to the immigrant experience. I highlight differences within and between Latino, Asian, and European groups throughout the course. The class will be a combination of lectures, discussions, and video/film presentations. Class members are expected to have read material thoroughly and be prepared to discuss readings in class. On occasion students will be asked to present readings to the class and prepare discussion questions. Dist: SOC; WCult: NA. Wright.

41. Representations of/from Latinos in the Media and the Arts

18W: 10
What role do the media and the arts play in the formation of ethnic, racial and cultural identities for Latinos/as? How do [email protected] respond to these representations of themselves through various electronic media and the arts? This class investigates how race, ethnicity, gender, and "otherness" are represented in various media and art forms, including: cinema, radio broadcasting, performance art, mural art, graphic novels, and the Internet. We will trace the history of [email protected] in various media and artistic movements, as well as hold online discussions and video conferences with students and professionals working in these areas. Students will explore the politics and dynamics of representation by producing their own creative and critical work and presenting it to the Dartmouth community through their final projects. Dist: ART. Moody.

51. Beyond Sex, Drugs and Rock'n Roll: Radical Latinos in the 60's (Identical to Comparative Literature 52)

Not offered in the period between 17S  and 18S
The 1960's and 70s were a time of tremendous political and creative turmoil. joining in the Civil Rights Movement, Latinos fought for their rights, founding important political organizations such as the United Farm Workers. Beyond stereotypes of the 60s as the period of drugs, sex and rock'n roll. Latino protesters and political activists were inordinately adept at creating and mobilization artistic symbols, music , and literature to promote a political agenda of social transformation. Dist. SOC. WCult: CI. Spitta.