Fall 2006 Courses

LATS L-101
Introduction to Latino Studies
Juan Berumen, Instructor
MW 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Ballatine Hall 347

(3 credits - Carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit)

This course is intended to provide an introduction and overview on Latino issues.  The course will begin with a brief overview of the histories of the major Latinos national origin groups in the U.S.   The bulk of the course will examine a number of topics and issues that are key to understanding contemporary Latinos; e.g., immigration, language, education, employment, etc. The third and briefest part of the course will build upon the previous sections by asking how the history and current status of Latinos might influence their near-term future, under various assumptions

LATS L-102
Introduction to Latino History
Dr. Antonio de la Cova
MW 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 319

(3 credits - Carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit)

This course offers a general inquiry into the historical and cultural heritage of Latina/os who have lived or are currently living in what is todaythe United States .  Through readings and discussion of major texts, this course studies varied histories of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin American peoples in the U nited States , with a special view toward convergence and congruencies along political and cultural lines.  Students will develop an understanding of the impact and the roles played by Latino men and women in the formation and development of U.S. society.

LATS L-301
Latino Immigrants in U.S. Society
Dr. Antonio de la Cova
TR 2:30-3:45 p.m. Ballantine Hall 215

(3 credits - Carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit)

Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors only. This course examines Latino immigrants to the U.S. with a focus on the frequent conflict between these immigrants and U.S. society.  Major topics include the comparison of Mexican-American, African-American, and Anglo-American workers in the rural South and the urban North; an assessment of how well assimilation theory fits the Latino experience; and the aspects of Latino culture and circumstances that may hinder full participation in U.S. institutions. This section may be taken for both cultural and historical studies credit.

Cross-listed Courses

The following courses count as Latino Studies minor electives. They may also fulfill other major or degree requirements. Please email Ms. Hannah Wheatley (Latino Studies Academic Advisor) for more information. Or phone her at: (812) 855-6270.

CMCL-C-201 - Communication & Culture
Race in the Media

Dr. Yeidy Rivero
Class Number 21528
TR 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Woodburn Hall 009
(3 credits) (Carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit)

This course introduces students to the complex relationship between diverse ethnic groups and their media representations within the U.S. context.  Using history as the primary point of departure, we will examine the cultural, social, and political location of various ethnic “minorities,” including Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latinos/as, and their media representations, particularly in film and television.  The course is divided into four sections:  (1) Foundations; (2) Ethnic Minorities and Mainstream Film; (3) Ethnic Minorities and Mainstream TV; and (4) Ethnic Minorities and their Cultural Spaces.  Issues of production, representation, and interpretation will be considered as a way of understanding who controls the production of images and how audiences might interpret them.

CMLT C-151 - Comparative Literature
The Alien and Popular Culture

Laila Amine
Class Number 15363
TR 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 233
(3 credits)(Carries both A&H and Culture Studies credit)

This class examines the trope of the alien in contemporary American popular culture. The intersection between the non-human species and the foreigner will introduce the dominant themes associated with the trope of the alien. Among these recurrent themes are invasion, subversion, and exoticism. Representations of the alien in popular culture often require knowing and controlling this figure. This class interrogates the assumptions and meanings of these representations: Who or what are aliens? What do they want? Can we live with them? What is their social significance? How do they challenge our understanding of self and the other? By questioning the language, images, and attitudes presented in film, songs, sitcoms, reality shows, literature, comic strips, and newspaper clips, students learn to critique the signs and symbols of the world they inhabit.

FOLK F-351 - Folklore & Ethnomusicology
North American Regional Musics

Dr. Alan Burdette
Class Number 26081
TR 9:30-10:45 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 242
(3 credits)(Carries both A&H and Culture Studies credit)

This course will examine a wealth of North American musical communities and styles. These include bluegrass, tex-mex, blues, polka, string band, shapenote, cajun, zydeco, mariachi, klezmer, gospel and steelband music. In addition, we will explore issues of ethnicity, style, revival, and commercialization. The goals of the course are threefold: to develop a familiarity with the diversity of American regional and ethnic musics, to understand the history of stylistic borrowing and innovation that has created these musics, and to examine the roles these musics play in the lives of the people who make it. No musical background is necessary. The course will use the textbook, Musics of Multicultural America and its accompanying CD. In addition, there will be supplementary readings and listening materials.

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