Fall 2019 Course Offerings

You are here

Fall 2019 course roster 
(This list subject to change)

Introduction to Latinos in U.S. History – LSP 1802 (also HIST/AMST/LATA 1802. This course seeks a fuller recounting of the U.S. history by remapping what we understand as “America”.  We will examine traditional themes in the teaching of U.S. history – territorial expansion and empire, migration and nation building, industrialization and labor, war and revolution, and citizenship and transnationalism—but we will examine this “American experience” in a broader hemispheric context and include as actors Americanos of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central/South American ancestries. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers - LSP 2020 (also SPAN 2000). A course designed to expand bilingual student's knowledge of Spanish providing them with ample opportunities to develop and improve each of the basic language skills. Prerequisite: LPS score 56 or higher, SAT II 590 or higher, CASE placement, or permission of instructor. Instructor: Mary K. Redmond.  MWF 11:15 – 12:05. 4 credits.

Sociology of Health and Ethnic Minorities - LSP 2200 (also DSOC 2200). This course is a critical introduction to the study of the sociology of health by examining the health status of ethnic minorities. The primary goal of this course is to understand the determinants in the health status as well as access and utilization of health services of Latino and other ethnic minorities in the U.S. We will cover the following areas: 1). The distribution of illness by social and demographic factors, and the social forces affecting inter-group differences; 2). ethnicity, culture, and environment as contributors to health risks, and/or protective behaviors; 3). the organization of the health system and its allocation of resources in the health services; 4). the access to and utilization of health care services by ethnic minorities. Instructor: Pilar Parra. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 3 credits.

Cultures and Communities – LSP 2300/4300. Conceived as a service-learning course, the centerpiece here is targeted, engaged research and arts work with Latino/a culture-related organizations in Tompkins County like Cultura!,  No más lágrimas, and the Latino Civic Association.  The core idea is that students will learn while participating in meaningful activities that will enhance arts and culture partnerships.  Faculty will provide guidelines and resources for students to work within existing projects or to develop their own ideas; community partners will provide networks and planning assistance.  All students will be asked to develop a comprehensive learning portfolio on their semester’s work.  Instructor: Debra Castillo. MW 2:55 – 4:10. Variable 1-3 credit hours depending on level of commitment.

Latino Music in the U.S. – LSP 2320 (also MUSIC/AMST 2320). Music and dance cultures have been central topics of study in the development of Chicano studies, Puerto Rican studies, and Latino studies in general. From Americo Paredes to Frances Aparicio and from Jose Limon to Deborah Pacini-Hernandez, focusing on music and embodied culture through sound has allowed scholars to engage the wide variety of cultural experiences of the different ethnic groups usually described with the term “Latino.” Taking this scholarship as a point of departure, this class offers a survey of Latino music in the U.S. as a window into the political, cultural and social that struggles Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, Colombians, and Central Americans have gone through while becoming hyphenated (Eg. Mexican-American, Cuban American, etc) or not, and into how these processes have continually challenged and enriched mainstream notions of “American identity.” Instructor: Alejandro Madrid. TR 2:55 – 4:10. 3 credits.

Introduction to Latina/o Literature – LSP 2400 (also ENGL 2400, AMST 2401). From the radical manifestos of revolutionaries to the satirical plays of union organizers, from new, experimental novels to poetry, visual art, and music, this course examines Latino/a literature published in the United States beginning in the early nineteenth century and continuing to the present. We will pay particular attention to the historical, theoretical, and literary context for this literature. We will study memoir, poetry, essays, and cultural production. Authors include José Martí, Luisa Capetillo, Israel 'Cachao' López, Josefina López, Cherríe Moraga, Esmerelda Santiago, Gloria Anzaldúa, José Montoya, Carmen Tafolla, and Pedro Pietri. Instructor: Mary Pat Brady. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

The Anthropology of Law and Politics – LSP 2433 (also ANTHR 2433). The need to monitor human behavior and regulate order among individuals and groups is inherent to the human condition. This course is a basic introduction to the ways in which anthropology has examined legal and political processes across diverse societies and cultures. Students will learn foundational anthropological and legal principles and how they are applied among specific sociocultural groups. Instructor: Vilma Santiago-Irizarry. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 3.00 credits.

Digital Latinxs – LSP 2470 (also STS/AMST 2470). Digital technology has been a part of modern life in the U.S. since the Cold War. A growing population of users works, plays, become politically active and fight-off boredom through digital technology. But who are these users? Where do they congregate and how do they emerge? How do they make meaning of their lives? This course focuses on the everyday experiences of Latinxs as users. It examines their participation in digital environments and their engagements with technology while paying attention to their social, political, and cultural contexts. Rather than imagine “users” as a universal category, students will learn about the experiences of Latinxs in digital spaces and their contributions to what scholars call digital culture. Instructor: Ivan Chaar-Lopez.  TR 10:10 – 11:25. 3 credits.

Introduction to Latina/o/ Performance – LSP 2720 (also PMA 2720). This course is an introduction to Latina/o/x Performance investigating the historical and contemporary representations of Latina/o/xs in performance and media. Throughout the semester, students will critically examine central themes and issues that inform the experiences and (re) presentations of Latina/o/xs in the United States. How is latinidad performed? In situating the class around "Latina/o/x," as both an umbrella term and an enacted social construction, we will then turn our attention to (re) presentations of latinidad within different genres of cultural expressions. Instructor: Karen Jaime. TR 11:40 – 12:55. 4 credits.

Migration: Histories, Controversies, and Perspective – LSP 2810 (also ILRLR 2810). This introductory course introduces students to issues and debates related to international migration and will provide an interdisciplinary foundation to understanding the factors that shape migration flows and migrant experiences.  We will start by reviewing theories of the state and historical examples of immigrant racialization and exclusion in the United States and beyond.  We will critically examine the notions of borders, citizenship/non-citizenship, and the creation of diasporas.  Students will also hear a range of perspectives by exposing them to Cornell guest faculty who do research and teach on migration across different disciplines and methodologies and in different world areas. Examples include demographic researchers concerned with immigrant inequality and family formation, geographic perspectives on the changing landscapes of immigrant metropolises, legal scholarship on the rights of immigrant workers, and the study of immigrant culture from a feminist studies lens. Instructor: Shannon Gleeson. TR 11:40 - 12:55. 3 credits.

Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Theater, and the Politics of Performance – LSP 3754 (also PMA/FGSS/AMST 3754, ENGL 3954). In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, and hip-hop theater. Beginning with the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement, we will employ an interdisciplinary approach, placing theory directly into conversation with practice as we move to explore the ways in which poets and performers create work that engages with the politics of identity.  How does the move from the page to the stage, change the manner in which traditional life stories are told?  What role does the audience play?  What avenues are then further opened up through the advent of contemporary performance practices such as hip-hop theater?  What is the relationship between vernacular cultural productions and the performance of politics?  What role, if any, does class play?  How do genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, and hip-hop theatre serve to make visible the life narratives of people of a particular socio-economic class? Instructor: Karen Jaime. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

Contemporary Issues in Latina/o/Latin America – LSP 4000/6000 (also LATA 4000/6000).  Interested in Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies? This course will explore topics in Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Literature, Government, Sociology, and more, of US Latina/o and Latin American contexts. Course features guest speakers from Cornell and other institutions. Course requirements: Attend a total of 12 programming events of your choice throughout the semester sponsored by the Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies (you should plan for at least one a week), and write a brief follow-up critical or analytic report on some aspect of what you learned.  These reports are due within one week of the event. Instructor: Deb Castillo. W 12:20 - 1:10 pm. 1 credit.

Latino Politics as Racial Politics – LSP 4283 (also GOVT/AMST 4283). This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Latinos as a minority group in the U.S. political system. This course is intended as an overview of the political position of Latinos y Latinas in the United States. We place special emphasis on how Latinos became racial group which allows us to focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy. Instructor: Sergio Garica-Rios. M 10:10 – 12:05. 4 credits.

U.S. Borders North & South – LSP 4295/6295 (also HIST 4295/6295). The borders that separate the United States from Canada and Mexico are among the longest in the world. The southern border with Mexico, however, receives a disproportionate amount of attention from policymakers, journalists, and artists, while our northern border is largely unfamiliar to most Americans.  This upper-level seminar offers a necessary corrective:  a comparative examination of the political, economic, and cultural history of these two North American borderlands. The US-Mexico and US-Canada border zones are sites of conflict and negotiation, nationalism and globalization, sovereignty and multiculturalism.  The seminar examines the continuities and discontinuities in the history and evolution of America’s territorial borders from the colonial era to the present. Co-taught: Maria Cristina Garcia and Jon Parmenter. M 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.

Migration in the Américas: Engaged Research Methods and Practice – LSP 4312/6312 (also ILRIC/DSOC 4312/6312, COML 4575/6375).  This innovative course will introduce students to basic concepts and developments related to migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States via engaged learning and research. The course will be organized around core themes such as the challenges and ethics of working with vulnerable populations, workplaces and working conditions, oral histories/testimonios, and immigration policy and enforcement practices. Students will learn qualitative methodologies for field research, which they will apply in short projects. This can be taken as a stand-alone course, but it is also a prerequisite for an optional winter intersession practicum. Debra Castillo TR 11:40 – 12:55. 4 credits. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.