LATINOAM 301 - Topics in Latina/o Studies
Section: 002 Day I met El Chapo
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Latina/o American Studies (LATINOAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Narcotrafficking and the U.S./Mexico border have remained at the center of political and cultural debate in the United States for over three decades. These topics have also become staples of the contemporary mediascape, from journalistic reporting to horror films and streaming content. The point of departure for this course is the documentary series The Day I Met El Chapo, which is representative of Netflix’s heavy reliance on narcotrafficking for various genres of programming. The course is intended to provide a historical and media industrial context for the recent explosion of such productions, including the creation and distribution of media between the U.S. and Latin America; narco cinema and the Mexican film industry; gender, class, race, and transnational stardom; visualizations of the U.S/Mexico border; drug trafficking narratives; the history of Latina/o media representation; the historical and contemporary immigration debate; and the digital and industrial landscape that has fostered the proliferation of narco-related content. By returning to The Day I Met El Chapo as a touchstone over the course of the semester, the course is also intended to give students the experience and skill set required to analyze a single media text from multiple perspectives.

Course Requirements:

In addition to regular course meetings, students will be required to attend weekly screenings.

LATINOAM 301 - Topics in Latina/o Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
004 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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