WOMENSTD 253 - Special Topics
Section: 001 Latina/o Identities
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of seven credits of WOMENSTD 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The study of Latina/o identities in the U.S. has emerged as an interdisciplinary area of scholarship that integrates works from a variety of disciplines to understand the heterogeneity within the pan-ethnic label "Latina/o." In this course we will examine a number of issues that expand beyond dominant disciplinary frameworks used to study Latina/os in order to better answer questions such as:

  • What does it mean to be a "Latina/o" in contemporary U.S. contexts?
  • How do social markers [e.g., ethnicity / class / gender / (dis)ability] shape identity formations, social inequality and life outcomes of Latina/os?

Throughout the course we will explore these and other questions by employing various theoretical perspectives and taking an intersectional approach to our analysis of Latina/o identities. Embedded throughout the course will be the ways in which power and systems of oppression structure the identities and life outcomes of Latina/os.

Students will

  1. develop an understanding of the shared conditions and experiences, as well as the dissimilarities among Latino/a groups in the United States and
  2. develop an understanding of how historical factors including, for example, colonialism and different immigration histories, have differently shaped the identities and experiences of various Latina/o groups in the United States.

WOMENSTD 253 - Special Topics
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with Amcult 301-007
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