LATINOAM 311 - Latina/o Studies and the Humanities
Section: 001 History of the U.S. West
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Latina/o American Studies (LATINOAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Ecological zones as distinct as the Great Plains, Southwestern deserts, and the Pacific coast all fall into the region known today as the U.S. West. We might ask, how could it be that such divergent places would come to be conceived as a unified region? How, too, has the “West” come to hold such a critical place in the imagining of the United States' past and present? We might start to answer those questions by acknowledging that naming the region as the “West” has been only the most recent effort to understand these lands. Diverse populations, empires, and nations have at various moments thought of those same places as their “South”, their “North”, or their “East.” Whatever they called it, all of them thought of it as theirs. We will think through these shifting claims by considering diverse perspectives including Native Americans, Europeans, Latina/os, Asians, and Euro Americans as they appeared from 1200 CE to the present. Through that expansive span of time, we will learn, these plains, deserts, and mountains witnessed remarkable cross-cultural exchanges, celebrations, and great sorrows.

Course Requirements:

Attendance, Participation, Exams and a Short Paper

Intended Audience:

This class is geared toward undergraduate students who are interested in U.S. history, race and ethnic studies, migration, social justice, and the nation's changing demographics.

Class Format:

Lecture and Discussion.

LATINOAM 311 - Latina/o Studies and the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Coursepack Location:
ISBN: 9780691139067
Power lines : phoenix and the making of the modern southwest., Publisher: Princeton Univ Press 2014
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0520271696
Pacific connections : the making of the U.S.-Canadian borderlands, Author: Kornel Chang., Publisher: University of California Press 2012
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0822357585
Arresting dress : cross-dressing, law, and fascination in nineteenth-century san francisco., Publisher: Duke University Press 2014
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0544239474
Shane, Author: Jack Schaefer ; illustrated by John McCormack. 2014
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780807857908
Peace came in the form of a woman : Indians and Spaniards in the Texas borderlands, Author: Juliana Barr., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press [Online-Au 2007
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