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Course Level
Units
LALS 1
Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
Lower Division
5 units
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.)
LALS 20
Latino Politics
Lower Division
5 units
Offers a domestic (U.S.) and transnational approach to Latino politics, focusing on the five largest Latino groups: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans. Issues addressed include Latino electoral participation, Latino public opinion, migrant political incorporation, and transnationalism among others. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 30
Social Movements in Latin America
Lower Division
5 units
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. Enrollment limited to 60. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 32
Citizens, Denizens, Aliens
Lower Division
5 units
Explores theories and practices of citizenship with a focus on how institutions, such as the immigration apparatus, school, and prison, produce and shape inclusion, marginalization, exclusion, and mobility and how social actors envision and enact home and belonging. (Formerly course 132). (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
LALS 40
Latinos and Labor
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the historical, social, economic, and political dynamics of inequality, stratification, and segmentation that shape the occupational pathways and workplace conditions of Latinos in the United States. Students learn about the structures, policies, and ideologies that influence Latinos' working lives as well as how individuals experience their work in a variety of sectors. (Formerly Latinos, Work, and Organizing.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 45
Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender
Lower Division
5 units
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.)
LALS 50
Transnational Feminist Organizing in the Americas
Lower Division
5 units
Explores key aspects of transnational feminist organizing in the Americas, including transnational feminist theories and feminist activism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Discusses how women from throughout the Americas region organize politically and socially across gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 60
Latin American Childhoods
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces research on childhood in contemporary Latin America. Explores discourses about Latin American children, the regional institutions shaping children's lives, and how children experience and negotiate these larger social forces. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 70
Cinema and Social Change in Cuba
Lower Division
5 units
Examines selected feature-length films and documentaries produced after the Revolution of 1959 as a venue to study social change in Cuba. Cinema is used as artifact to document and critique social change. Topics include: the role of art and artist in Revolution, literacy campaign, changing gender relations, dissident sexualities, racial politics, and others. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LALS 80D
Political Change in Mexico
Lower Division
5 units
Reviews broad trends in contemporary Mexican politics against the backdrop of long-term historical, social, and economic change throughout the 20th century, analyzing how power is both wielded from above and created from below. The course covers national politics, grassroots movements for social change and democratization, environmental challenges, indigenous movements, the media, and the politics of immigration and North American integration. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 80E
Latin American Philosophy
Lower Division
5 units
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. (Also offered as Philosophy 80E. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
LALS 80F
Latinos in the U.S.: A Comparative Perspective
Lower Division
5 units
Analyzes the Latino experience in the U.S. with a special focus on strategies for economic and social empowerment. Stresses the multiplicity of the U.S. Latino community, drawing comparative lessons from Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Chicano/Mexicano, and Central American patterns of economic participation and political mobilization. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 80H
Comparative Latina/o Histories
Lower Division
5 units
Designed to survey recent works in the field of Latina and Latino histories, with particular emphasis on historiographical approaches and topics in the field. Readings are chosen to expose a selection of the varied histories and cultures of Latina/os in the U.S., and focus primarily on Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 80I
Gender and Global Cinema
Lower Division
5 units
Applies critical and historical approaches to the study of gender in global cinema. Introduces students to different aesthetic and cross-cultural approaches to representing gender in contemporary film. Focuses on films, documentaries, and video works from the Americas as well as from other regions of the global South. Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 80J
Race, Nation, and War
Lower Division
5 units
Evaluates the relationship between processes of racial formation, war, and nationalism in Latin America. Case studies range from the wars of independence to more recent forms of transnational violence. Students engage historical and anthropological perspectives and critiques of modernity. Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 80P
Environment and Society in Latin America
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the implications of environmental degradation and resource extraction for economic growth and social inequality in Latin America. Course focuses on the connections between race, ethnicity, power, poverty, and environmental problems. (Formerly Energy, Society, and Ecology in Latin America.) Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
LALS 80R
Organizing Across the Americas
Lower Division
5 units
Analyzes the range of theory and practice that emerged from and shaped significant social movements during the rise and fall of United States hegemony. Focuses on social struggles and revolutions in five distinct locations across the Americas: the United States (United Farm Workers--UFW), Cuba (Movimiento 26 de Julio--M26J), Nicaragua (Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional--F.S.L.N.), Mexico (Zapatistas), and Brazil (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra--MST). Enrollment limited to 80.
LALS 80S
Sexualities and Genders in Latin American and Latina/o Studies
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to issues and themes surrounding sexualities and genders within Latin American and Latina/o studies. Provides background in the basic theoretical and historical frameworks of gender and its relationship to sexuality. In addition to cross-border perspectives, course also examines how gender and sexuality are structured and experienced through other social categories. Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 80X
Central American Peoples and Cultures
Lower Division
5 units
Examines contemporary societies and peoples of Central America considering how, in recent decades, media, history, war, cultural production, and migration have shaped Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica both as individual nations and as a region. Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 81A
Mexican Folklorico Dance
Lower Division
2 units
Provides instruction in the aesthetic, cultural, and historical dimensions of Mexican folklorico dance. Students taught choreographed dances from various regions of Mexico and also learn dance techniques (tecnica) and stage make-up application. Additional workshops and lectures offered to supplement class. Open to all students; no previous experience required. (Also offered as Anthropology 81A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LALS 81B
Mexican Folklorico Dance
Lower Division
2 units
Second course in series. Provides instruction in the aesthetic, cultural, and historical dimensions of Mexican folklorico dance. (Also offered as Anthropology 81B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LALS 81C
Mexican Folklorico Dance
Lower Division
2 units
Third course in series. Provides instruction in the aesthetic, cultural, and historical dimensions of Mexican folklorico dance. (Also offered as Anthropology 81C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 81A or 81B. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LALS 90
Contemporary Brazil
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces issues affecting contemporary Brazilian society and culture, such as the legacy of slavery and persisting social, racial, and gender inequities. Analyses of how different representations of Brazil sustain distinctive national projects, which, in turn, attribute specific meanings to blackness, whiteness, masculinity, femininity, and upper- and lower-class identities. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 100
Concepts and Theories in Latin American and Latina/o Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Interdisciplinary exploration of transnational migrations; social inequalities; collective action and social movements; and cultural productions, products, or imaginaries. Examines how transnational migration and hemispheric integration are transforming Latin American studies and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies. Explores the influence of neoliberalism and globalization, especially the intersection of critical analysis and social-justice praxis. Completion of course 1 highly recommended. (Formerly course 10, Bridging Latin American and Latina/o Studies) Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 100A
Social Science Analytics
Upper Division
5 units
Compares diverse analytical strategies and builds practical research skills in the field of Latin American and Latino studies. (Formerly Politics and Society: Concepts and Methods.) Two-credit course 100L writing lab highly recommended. Prerequisite(s): course 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors or by permission.
LALS 100B
Cultural Theory in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on transnational, regional, and local features of Latina/o and Latin American cultural production and artistic expression: how culture is shaped by historical, social, and political forces; how cultural and artistic practices shape the social world; and how culture is produced in an interconnected, postindustrial, and globalized economy. (Formerly Culture and Society: Culture in a Global Context.) Prerequisite(s): courses 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors.
LALS 100L
Writing Lab
Upper Division
2 units
This course accompanies course 100A. Participants receive feedback and guidance on their written exercises required for course 100A. Students submit drafts in advance and receive feedback from course 100A writing tutors as well as engage in peer-to-peer learning. Consistent attendance is required. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in course 100A required. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 60.
LALS 101
Media Skills and Literacy
Upper Division
5 units
Applied course where students learn about broadcast, audiovisual, and digital media. Students compile a media production portfolio of various assignments that have a Latino/Latin American focus. (Formerly Using Media.) Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in course 101L.
LALS 101L
Media Laboratory
Upper Division
2 units
Trains students in the fundamentals of media literacy skills, including preparation, production, and post-production. (Formerly Using Media: Video Laboratory.) Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in course 101.
LALS 102
Writing for Latin America and Latino Studies Majors and Minors
Upper Division
5 units
For Latin American and Latino studies students who wish to gain greater awareness of rhetorical modes and the academic essay. Students write several academic essays, each with a different purpose, and master the conventions of revising and editing. (Formerly Advanced Expository Writing Workshop.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to. Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 111
U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Upper Division
5 units
Global and national forces have transformed the 2,000-mile United States-Mexico border region into a site of increased militarization, surveillance, and detention. This course analyzes how increased policing and criminalization has affected borderland communities, identities, and subjectivities. (Formerly The U.S.-Mexican Border Region.)
LALS 112
Immigration and Assimilation
Upper Division
5 units
Examines immigration to U.S. from colonial era to present with special emphasis on issues of citizenship, social identities, and social membership. (Formerly American Studies 112.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 115
Mexico-United States Migration
Upper Division
5 units
Overview of Mexico-United States migration in historical and contemporary context. Focuses on Mexican experiences of racialization, deportability, second-class citizenship, and transnationalism--the cross-border networks, institutions, activities, loyalties, and identities by which Mexican migrants orchestrate their lives across international borders. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
LALS 122
Media and Nationalism
Upper Division
5 units
Evaluates the links between media and the production of national identities in Latin America. Focuses on theories of nationalism, media, and globalization to examine the production of national histories and representations. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 48.
LALS 124
Brazilian Cinema
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys films by and/or about women from Brazil, drawing a picture of contemporary Brazilian cinema through the angle of gender in its articulation with sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, national identity, and other key concepts, while offering a visual and critical introduction to Brazilian culture. Enrollment limited to 80. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LALS 127
Genero, Nacion Y Modernidad En El Cine
Upper Division
5 units
Taught in Spanish. Examines the relationship between cinema, gender, the nation, and modernity. Focusing on films by key women filmmakers in Latino and Latin America, the seminar examines their engagement with identity, cultural imaginaries, coloniality, sexuality, and gender. Enrollment restricted to Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors and combined majors.
LALS 128
Latino Media in the U.S
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the history and practice of Latino media in the U.S. with an emphasis on work created by, for, with, and about Latino constituencies. Course highlights the role that media plays in struggles for social change, political enfranchisement, creative self-expression, and cultural development. Course content varies with instructor. (Also offered as Oakes College 128. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 39. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LALS 130
Expresiones cuirs de Género y Sexualidad en el cine Latinoamericano
Upper Division
5 units
Examines cinematic manifestations of dissident sexualities, as well as dissident expressions of gender and family in Latin American culture. Taught in Spanish. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.
LALS 131
Latino Literatures: Assimilation and Assimilability
Upper Division
5 units
Explores assimilation and assimilability in the United States, especially as related to the education and languages of Latinos, via literary forms, such as the memoir, novel, essay, short fiction, film, and/or poetry. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LALS 136
Tourism, Culture, and Identity
Upper Division
5 units
Interdisciplinary study of tourism in Latin America and its interconnections with culture, power, and identity. Examines contemporary trends of tourism (ethnic tourism, diaspora tourism, sex tourism, and "favela tours") and explores how regional, national, and transnational identities shape and are shaped by tourism. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.
LALS 143
Race and Ethnicity
Upper Division
5 units
Race and ethnicity have been--and continue to be--powerful forces shaping the U.S. experience. This course examines a range of conceptual approaches and monographic studies grounded in the history of the U.S. The readings provide various criteria for studying and understanding these phenomena. The course problematizes "race" by asking what the readings tell us about "race-making" and the reproduction of racial ideologies in specific historical contexts. Similarly, "ethnicity" is treated as a historically specific social construct. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 143J
Global Political Economy
Upper Division
5 units
Analyzes the global, social, economic, and political forces that shape transnational, national, and regional societal formations and consequently the entire environment for social change. Examines the evolution of revolutionary struggle and its origins within and impact upon the evolving capitalist system.
LALS 144
Mexicana/Chicana Histories
Upper Division
5 units
Explores current historical and theoretical writings on the lived experiences of Chicanas and Mexicana women in U.S. history. Themes include domination/resistance politics, (re)presentations, contestation, social reproduction, identity and difference. Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LALS 145
Grassroots Social Change in Latin America
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the analysis of collective action by underrepresented groups in Latin America. Concepts and issues include political participation and impact, gender, ethnicity and race, class, the environment, religion, non-governmental organizations, and social capital. Prerequisite(s): any two Latin American and Latino studies courses or permission of instructor; open to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 40. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 149
U.S. Foreign Policies in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the breadth of United States foreign policies throughout the region and its varying impact on a broad range of communities. From regional trade agreements to military interventions to the politics of United States foreign aid, this course explores how United States foreign policies have destabilized certain countries throughout the region, contributing to civil unrest and forced migration. (Formerly U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America.) (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
LALS 150
Afro-Latinos/as: Social, Cultural, and Political Dimensions
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the lives of African descendants in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Students learn about the settlement patterns of Afro-Latinos/as and Afro-Latin Americans in the region and the ways in which African descendants negotiate their multiple identities and broaden racial frameworks in the United States and Latin America. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 152
Consumer Cultures Between the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the circuits of media, commodities, and migration connecting the Americas in an age of globalization. Issues of states, transnational markets, social relations, and cultural representations addressed. Relationship between consumption, nationalism, and globalization is considered critically. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 155
Latin American and Latino Youth Movements
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the histories, structures, and practices of Latin American and Latino youth movements. Analyzes the patterns, themes, and differences of social movements using primary documents. Addresses the dynamics of age, generation, race, ethnicity, and nation. Uses youth activism to explore questions relevant to the study of contemporary social movements in the Americas.
LALS 156
Human Rights and Transnational Justice in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Provides students with an introduction to the emerging scholarly field of transnational justice. Examines transitional justice in a broad sense and through elected case studies. Prerequisite(s): course 1. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 15. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 158
Latin American Political Economy
Upper Division
5 units
Explores and applies basic tools of Latin American political economy to map the evolution of the region's main patterns of economic growth and accompanying social structures across past centuries. Reviews the effects of neoliberal capitalist globalization on contemporary Latin America, resistance to destructive consequences, and the nature of emerging alternatives.
LALS 161P
Theater in the "Chicano Power" Movement
Upper Division
5 units
Covers the rise of Teatro Chicano as a cultural-political force within the 1960's "Chicano Power" Movement starting with founding playwriter Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino and covering Chicana/o playwrights inspired by the movement, e.g. Cherrie Moraga, Luis Alfaro, and Josefina Lopez. (Also offered as Theater Arts 161P. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 165
Contemporary Peru
Upper Division
5 units
Explores contemporary issues facing Peru by addressing the formation of the state and the country's troubled history with political and state violence. Students learn about Peru's multicultural/racial population and about ongoing conflicts and hopes for the country today. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 166
Latino Families in Transition
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the complex nature of Latino families in the U.S., which like other American families are undergoing profound changes. Placing families within a historical context of post-1960s social transformations, such as feminism, immigration, and multiple-earner households, course examines how family members adapt, resist, and/or construct alternative visions and practices of family life. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) Prerequisite(s): course 1. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 169
South America: History, Society, and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the southernmost region of South America, commonly referred to as the "Southern Cone," exploring the historical trajectories of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil, from independence through the end of the 20th century.
LALS 170
Indigenous Struggles in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the way Natives of First Peoples have interacted voluntarily and involuntarily with nonindigenous cultures. Examines their perspectives, thoughts, frustrations, and successes. Touches on land issues and examines the way current indigenous cultures of Latin America face and adapt to social change. Focuses mainly on the Andes, lowland Amazon, Mesoamerica, and other areas. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 171
Brazil in Black and White
Upper Division
5 units
Taught in Portuguese. Examines blackness and whiteness in Brazil through the lens of the intersectionality of race, gender, and class identities. Topics include: national narratives of racial democracy, racism, black activism, and the emerging studies of whiteness in Brazil. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 172
Visualizing Human Rights
Upper Division
5 units
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.)
LALS 174
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship in the U.S.
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the policies and politics of asylum in the United States, as they relate to Latin American/Latino/a refugee and migrant flows. Focuses on the forced migration and asylum claims of multiple social groupings (e.g., gender asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors) and how these communities confront the U.S. immigration, asylum, and citizenship regimes. (Formerly Immigration and Citizenship: A Global Perspective.) (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
LALS 175
Migration, Gender, and Health
Upper Division
5 units
Through an interdisciplinary, cross-border approach, examines complex nature of Latino health in relation to migration and how women and men experience health problems differently. Examines how health problems are created by economic and social conditions, how migrants experience access to care, and how agencies can design culturally sensitive programs. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 176
Gender, the Nation, and Latina Cinema
Upper Division
5 units
Applies critical and cultural theories of interculturality, coloniality of power and transnational feminism to the study of Latina cinematic imaginaries in the Americas. Explores images and self-representations of race, sexuality, and the nation; citizenship, diaspora, and belonging; gender violence and state violence; militarization, human rights, and gender justice. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LALS 178
Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the impact of globalization and transnationalism on gender relations in the Americas. Examines gender and power in the context of neoliberalism, modernity, the nation, social movements, and activism. Explores local and transnational constructions of gender, and the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Enrollment limited to 40. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 180
Borders: Real and Imagined
Upper Division
5 units
Situates "The Border" historically and within the context of U.S. imperialism. Examines the formalization of political "borders," methods of enforcement, and intra-group conflicts. Examines the varied experiences of colonialism and immigration between Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, and Cubans. Explores how the tools of "The Border" and "Borderlands" are being used to untangle the roles of race prejudice and sexual and gender discrimination. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LALS 186
Field Research Methods
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to field research methods that consider theory, methodological challenges, and epistemology in conducting research. Explains the research process, including designing research questions, interview instruments, concepts maps, and methods of data collection, and data analysis. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (Also offered as Sociology 186. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 100, and 100A or 100W. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors and Sociology majors.
LALS 194C
Criminalizing the Poor
Upper Division
5 units
Examines neoliberal discourses related to poverty that have become more critical of the poor over time, including reforms to social welfare, criminal justice, and immigration, and the ways in which the poor struggle to survive and contest neoliberalism. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors and minors; and combined majors with global economics, sociology, literature, and politics. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LALS 194G
Chile: Social and Political Change
Upper Division
5 units
Taught in Spanish. Analysis of Chilean politics and society from the election of Salvador Allende in 1970 to the present. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the different forces, internal as well as external, that broke the Chilean tradition of democratic rule in 1973, and to the current configuration. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 194H
Central America and the United States
Upper Division
5 units
This senior seminar focuses on the connections between Central America and the United States. Covers Central American history, the political and economic relations between the isthmus and the United States, and Central American media and literature. (Formerly Central American Political Relations with the U.S.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 194M
Twentieth-Century Revolutions
Upper Division
5 units
Treatment of 20th-century Latin American revolutions from Zapata to the Zapatistas. Focuses on the causes and consequences of revolutions rather than on their narrative histories. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 194Q
Globalization in the Américas
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces multiple dimensions of globalization by reviewing key theories and frameworks in order to understand development, social inequalities, trade agreements, multilateral institutions, and the future of globalization studies. Enrollment restricted to junior, and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LALS 194R
Violencia Cotidiana en las Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Senior seminar taught in Spanish. Engages a critical study of violence, social relations, and everyday life in contemporary Latin America. Focuses on the relationship between narratives and acts of violence, and the constitution and social effects of these representations. Requires proficiency in Spanish (written and spoken), and advanced reading knowledge of Spanish. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 194T
Youth and Citizenship
Upper Division
5 units
Explores multiple and contested meanings of "youth" and "citizenship"; how youth, civic, and political identities are imagined, produced and negotiated in social and cultural locations; and how different versions of Latina/o youth citizenship are promoted and articulated by social and political institutions. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors during priority enrollment only.
LALS 194U
Political Violence in Mexico
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on rural and urban case studies of state repression in post-revolutionary Mexico. Examines how political violence was a preferred method of governance by Mexico's autocratic rulers throughout the 20th century. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 194V
Comparative Migration Histories in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Traces major historical patterns of migration and related processes in the Americas over the past two centuries. Covers the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that drive and shape the movements of people and considers the ways migration has impacted the sending, transit, and receiving societies. Over the quarter, students come to understand major historical forces of migration that inform our contemporary world, including citizenship, urbanization, identity formations, globalization, and neoliberalism. Enrollment is restricted to seniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 194X
Extractivism and Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Explores, in-depth, how local communities, transnational capital, and state participate in conflicts anchored in extractive sectors, for example, mining, agro-exports, and so on. Through digital-based, case-study research, students identify and explore the logics of action, strategic interests, and the rhetoric of the principal protagonists in socio-ecological conflicts. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.
LALS 196
Field Study Seminar
Upper Division
5 units
Emphasizes ethnographic strategies of fieldwork. Primarily oriented to students interested in understanding the daily life of societies and cultures. Prepares students both to conduct fieldwork, and to process their fieldwork experience. Covers complexities related to the experience of "stepping out of" one's own culture. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in course 196L. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 196L
Field Study Seminar Lab
Upper Division
2 units
Media lab trains students in the use of electronic and photographic media for the acquisition of field data. Through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on field exercises and review of students' media exercises, students will learn the fundamentals of photography, video production, and audio recording in the field. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in course 196. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
LALS 200
Bridging Latin American and Latina/o Studies
Graduate
5 units
Explores social, cultural, economic, and political changes that connect Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities. The objective of this interdisciplinary team-taught course is to bridge previously distinct research approaches of Latin American and Latina/o studies to better understand processes that link peoples and ideas across borders as well as help students to conceptually and methodologically identify and design new objects of study and revisit traditional approaches. Core requirement for students pursuing the Parenthetical Notation in Latin American and Latino studies. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 200A
Power and Society
Graduate
5 units
Assesses key concepts organized around questions of power in contemporary Latina/o and Latin American interdisciplinary intellectual thought in the social sciences. Emphasis is on understanding power in relation to transnationalism and the department's substantive themes. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 200B
Theories of Culture in the Americas
Graduate
5 units
Introduces foundational theories and problems organized around questions of culture and epistemology; emphasizes developing interdisciplinary, humanities-based interpretive and analytic skills for understanding how culture is conceptualized; draws from critical social and cultural theories. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 201
Research in Praxis: Epistemology, Ontology, and Ethics
Graduate
5 units
Problematizes the construction of research approaches in the interdisciplinary field of Latin American and Latino studies, and provides training in particular approaches in the social sciences and humanities so students may engage in innovative, transnational research. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 202
Latin/o American Spaces and Modernity
Graduate
5 units
Students engage and discuss texts that examine the relationship between space, narratives, and ideas of the modern nation, along with critical studies that highlight the social effects of imaginaries and representations. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 203
Latin American Social Movements
Graduate
5 units
Grounds students in the social science literature on Latin American social movements, integrating anthropological, sociological, and political science approaches to the field. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 204
Migration, Borders, and Borderlands
Graduate
5 units
Explores concepts and approaches related to migration; the multiple types of borders that migrants transcend--geopolitical, social, cultural, or interpersonal; and borderland formations constructed in relation to bodies in motion. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 205
Comparative Mobilities
Graduate
5 units
Brings together comparative studies of physical and social mobility with a focus on race, migration, and citizenship. Both an articulation and study of comparison, course is organized around three components: comparative borders; comparative migration; and comparative ethnic studies. The questions animating it include: What happens when different histories, places, and peoples are compared? How and why do scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences compare? What are the strengths and challenges of a comparative approach? Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 206
Queer Cuba
Graduate
5 units
Seminar that engages social, political, and cultural histories of homosexuality in Cuba, focusing on LGBT ostracism and activism after 1959, with particular attention to the social and economic impact of the developments of the USSR on Cuba's LGBT population. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 207
Youth Cultures, Global Capitalism, and Social Change
Graduate
5 units
Introduces intellectual histories of youth studies scholarship in the context of Latin American and Latino studies; explores young people's lived experiences of racialized capitalism and globalization; and addresses various forms of youth "resistance" and the relationship between youth cultures, politics, and social change. Enrollment is restricted graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 210
Latina Feminisms: Theory and Practice
Graduate
5 units
Through an interdisciplinary approach, explores Latina feminist social theory and scholarly practice—especially in representation and interpretation of Latina experiences. Examining key texts at different historical junctures, charts how Latinas of varied ethnic, class, sexual, or racialized social locations have constructed oppositional and/or relational theories and alternative epistemologies or political scholarly interventions and, in the process, have problematized borders, identities, cultural expressions, and coalitions. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 211
Paradigms of Race/Color, Sexuality, and Culture in Latin America
Graduate
5 units
Explores foundational texts by Latin American intellectuals that have served to construct and sustain continental, regional, national, and transnational cartographies of identities and the search for lo americano. Examines race/color, sexuality, and culture by tracing their narrative and conceptual (trans)formations in the region and its diaspora. Most texts are read in the original language of publication. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 212
Latina/o Ethnographic Practice
Graduate
5 units
Explores the social construction of Latino cultures in their varied regional, national-ethic, and gendered contexts. Examines how culture, as a dynamic process constructed with a historical context of hierarchical relations of group power, is interrelated to the structural subordination of Latinos. Focuses on how power relations create a context for the creation of specific Latino cultural expressions and processes. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 215
Latina Cultural Studies: Culture, Power, and Coloniality
Graduate
5 units
Examines the theories and practices informing the field of Latina cultural studies in the Americas. For students pursuing the Designated Emphasis in Latin American and Latino studies and students with interest in theories of coloniality of power, decolonialism, intercultural and transnational feminist methodologies. (Formerly Latina Cultural Studies: Transborder Feminist Imaginaries.) Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 220
Transnational Civil Society: Limits and Possibilities
Graduate
5 units
Analyzes social, civic, and political actors that come together across borders to constitute transnational civil society, drawing from political sociology, political economy, comparative politics, and anthropology to address collective identity formation, collective action, institutional impacts, and political cultures. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 225
Race in the Americas
Graduate
5 units
Considers historical moments in the development of "race" in the Americas to understand how "race" is given meaning and actualized through practices, beliefs, and behaviors. Interrogates theories and racial dynamics in the 19th through 21st centuries to reveal interconnections with constructions of gender and nation. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 240
Culture and Politics of Human Rights
Graduate
5 units
Examines cultural, philosophical, and political foundations for human rights and provides students with critical grounding in the major theoretical debates over conceptualizations of human rights in the Americas. Addresses the role of feminist activism and jurisprudence in the expansion of human rights since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Addresses challenges of accommodating gender rights, collective rights, and social and economic rights within international human rights framework. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 240. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 242
Globalization, Transnationalism, and Gender in the Américas
Graduate
5 units
Explores how globalization, transnationalism, and the social construction of gender are interrelated, contingent, and subject to human agency and resistance. Examines particular configurations of globalization, transnationalism, and gender through the Américas and their implications for race, space, work, social movements, migration, and construction of collective memory. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LALS 243
Comparative Methods
Graduate
5 units
Introduces the comparative method in social science. Trains students in the use of this method by examining how scholars have used it to compare across national governments, subnational units, public policies, organizations, social movements, and transnational collective action. (Also offered as Politics 243. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
LALS 244
Digital Mapping and Human Geographies
Graduate
5 units
Explores the utility of geographical information systems (GIS) for social science research. This course has three components: critical discussions of spatial analysis in published research, training in GIS software, and the application of digital mapping to students' research projects. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
LALS 245
Epistemologies of the South
Graduate
5 units
Examines efforts by intellectuals from the Global South, mainly Latin America, to cast off the political, cultural, and epistemological notions imposed by European colonialism and preserved today through the practices of Western/Eurocentric knowledge, to forge their own "epistemologies of the South." Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.