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1000. Introduction to Latina/o Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary examination of the Latina/o experience and impact across the United States. Consideration of behavioral, institutional, and societal perspectives; national and transnational identity; cultural, legal, and educational issues. CA 2. CA 4.

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1009. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

Also offered as: SPAN 1009

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. Taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. CA 1. CA 4.

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1009W. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

Also offered as: SPAN 1009W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. Taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. CA 1. CA 4.

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1190. Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: HIST 1600

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of such aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean as colonization and nation formation; geography and the environment; immigration and migration; race, ethnicity, and gender in society, politics, economy, and culture. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1190W. Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of such aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean as colonization and nation formation; geography and the environment; immigration and migration; race, ethnicity, and gender in society, politics, economy, and culture. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 15 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Course work undertaken within approved Study Abroad programs, usually focusing on the history, culture, and society of a particular Latin American or Carribean country or countries. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 15 credits. Consent of Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies required before departure.

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1570. Migrant Workers in Connecticut

Also offered as: HIST 1570

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Interdisciplinary honors course on the life and work experiences of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean migrant workers with focus on Connecticut. Integrated service learning component. Field trips required. CA 1. CA 4.

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2001. Latinos, Leadership & Mentoring

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduces issues affecting Latinos in higher education. Leadership and mentoring training. Students analyze responsibilities and commitments in context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change.

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2011W. Introduction to Latino-American Writing and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 2010 or 2011 or instructor consent. Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: 1000-level introductory course on Latino or Latin American Studies.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students refine writing skills and learn how and where to conduct transnational academic research on the Latino-American experience. Interdisciplinary approaches, historical background of Latino American studies. CA 4.

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2012. Latinos in Connecticut: Writing for the Community

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: LLAS 2011W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students partner with Latino agencies to apply research and writing skills to community needs. Community theory, digital literacy, historical background of CT Latinos, contemporary issues that impact the population. Service learning component.

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2293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Course work undertaken within approved Education Abroad programs, usually focusing on the history, culture, and society of a particular Latin American or Caribbean country or countries.

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2474. Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: ECON 2474

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECON 1200 or both ECON 1201 and 1202

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of the economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Analysis of present-day development issues in the region, including economic growth, poverty, education, and health.

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2995. Special Topics in Latino and Latin American Studies

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3021. Contemporary Latin America

Also offered as: ANTH 3021

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of anthropological contributions to the study of contemporary Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Hispanic Caribbean. Special focus on the comparative analysis of recent ethnographic case studies and local/regional/national/international linkages.

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3029. The Caribbean

Also offered as: ANTH 3029

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparative perspectives on the cultural formation of Caribbean societies; the region's demographic, economic and political links with the wider world.

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3208. Making the Black Atlantic

Also offered as: AFRA 3208, HIST 3208

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563 or AFRA/HIST 3564 or 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

Recent scholarship on the central role played by African-descended communities in shaping the early history of the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices; slavery, political economy, and political movements.

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3210. Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics in socio-demographic patterns, cultural identity claims, community organization, migration and citizenship issues of Latino groups in post-WWII United States. Emphasis on comparative analysis and on policy implications. CA 4.

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3211. Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students design, execute and write original, library or archival-based research on Latino/a experience using documents, films, literary works, surveys, photographic and newspaper materials.

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3220. History of Latinos/as in the United States

Also offered as: HIST 3674

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Settlement and growth of Hispanic-origin populations in the United States today, from Spanish and Mexican settlement of the western United States to the growth of Latino communities. Student oral history project. CA 1. CA 4.

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3221. Latinos/as and Human Rights

Also offered as: HIST 3575, HRTS 3221

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

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3230. Latina Narrative

Also offered as: WGSS 3258

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Feminist topics in contemporary Latina literature and cultural studies.

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3231. Fictions of Latino Masculinity

Also offered as: WGSS 3259

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics in Latino literature and cultural studies with an emphasis on masculinity and male authors.

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3232. Latina/o Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3605

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Extensive readings in Latina/o literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. CA 4.

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3233. Studies in Latina/o Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3607

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study of a theme, form, author, or movement in contemporary Latina/o literature. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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3241. Latin American Minorities in the United States

Also offered as: ANTH 3041

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Emphasis on groups of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban origin, including treatment and historical background, social stratification, informal social relations, ethnic perceptions, relations and the concept of Latino identity.

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3250. Latino Health and Health Care

Also offered as: HDFS 3442

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of health and health care issues among Latinos in the United States. Particular attention is paid to cultural and social factors associated with health and well being (e.g. migration, acculturation, SES).

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3251. Latinos: Sexuality & Gender

Also offered as: HDFS 3268

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical discussion of issues involving gender and sexuality among Latinos, with particular attention to race, class, ethnicity, and acculturation.

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3264. Latinas and Media

Also offered as: COMM 3321, WGSS 3260

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of ethnicity and race in women's lives. Special attention to communication research on ethnic and racial minority women. CA 4.

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3265. Literature of Puerto Rico and the Spanish Caribbean

Also offered as: SPAN 3265

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings and discussions of major authors and works of the Spanish Caribbean with special emphasis on Puerto Rico.

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3270. Latino Political Behavior

Also offered as: POLS 3662

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Latino politics in the United States. Political histories of four different Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American. Different forms of political expressions, ranging from electoral behavior to political art. CA 4.

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3271. Immigration and Transborder Politics

Also offered as: AMST 3271, POLS 3834

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

U.S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on Latino diasporas.

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 17.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 17 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. Consent of Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies required before departure. May count toward the major with consent of advisor.

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3327. Power and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: ANTH 3327, HRTS 3327

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

History, theories, and concepts about the human right to health and structural inequalities in the region.

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3525. Latino Sociology

Also offered as: SOCI 3525

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States. CA 2. CA 4.

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3525W. Latino Sociology

Also offered as: SOCI 3525W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States. CA 2. CA 4.

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3575. Cinema and Society in Latin America

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The aesthetic, social, and political significance of Latin American film. With a change in content, this course may be repeated once for credit.

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3607. Latin America in the Colonial Period

Also offered as: HIST 3607

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre-Columbian Civilization in America, the epoch of conquest and settlement, together with a study of the Ibero-Indian cultural synthesis which forms the basis of modern Latin American civilization. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3609. Latin America in the National Period

Also offered as: HIST 3609

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representative countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean together with the historic development of inter-American relations and contemporary Latin American problems. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3618. Comparative Slavery in the Americas

Also offered as: AFRA 3618, HIST 3618

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The rise and fall of trans-Atlantic slavery. Topics include resistance, migration, antislavery mobilization, abolitionism, empire, revolution, cultural production, political economy, labor, gender, race and identity formation.

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3619. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3619, HIST 3619

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT SM-4/20/15; 3/2/16

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3619W. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3619W, HIST 3619W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3622, HIST 3622, WGSS 3622

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

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3635. History of Modern Mexico

Also offered as: HIST 3635

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3607.

Grading Basis: Graded

The emergence of modern Mexico from independence to the present with emphasis on the Revolution of 1910. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3660W. History of Migration in Las Americas

Also offered as: HIST 3660W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: LLAS 1190, ANTH 3042, HIST 3635, HIST 3609 or HIST 2674/LLAS 3220; LLAS 3210. Spanish useful but not required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Applies broad chronological and spatial analyses of origins of migration in the Americas to the experiences of people of Latin American origin in Connecticut. Addresses a range of topics from the initial settlement of the Americas to 21st century migrations. CA 1. CA 4.

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3667. Puerto Rican Politics and Culture

Also offered as: POLS 3667

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Legal and political history of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States with an emphasis on the question of United States empire and the politics of cultural resistance.

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3875. Asian Diasporas in the Americas

Also offered as: AAAS 3875, HIST 3875

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HIST 3607, 3609, 3610, 3635, 3660W, or 3674. Not open to students who have passed HIST 3995 Asian Diasporas in the Americas.

Grading Basis: Graded

Transnational history of migration and settlement of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian diasporas across South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean, colonial through national period. Emphasis on political economy, racial formations, and constructions of national identity.

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3998. Variable Topics in Latino and Latin American Studies

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3999. Independent Study in Latino and Latin American Studies

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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4100. Experiential/Service Learning Seminar

Also offered as: AAAS 4100, AFRA 4100, WGSS 4100

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary examination of the history of social justice organizing in the U.S.; theories, strategies, and practice of community organizing movements such as those for immigration, environmental, reproductive, and racial justice. Includes practice in community organizing and political advocacy.

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4212. Field Internship in Latino Studies

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Work in cultural community-oriented setting(s). May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

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4320. Media and Diverse Audiences

Also offered as: COMM 4320

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and sexuality in mainstream and alternative media. Analysis of how diverse groups use the media, are represented in, and interpret media content.

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4470. Soap Opera/Telenovela

Also offered as: COMM 4470

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000 and COMM 3300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Socio-cultural functions of soap operas/telenovelas as mediated serials constructed by commercial organizations and consumed by United States and global audiences.

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4994W. Latin American Studies Research Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Capstone course in which majors and minors in Latin American Studies design, execute and write up original, library-based research on Latin America. Some readings may be in Spanish or Portuguese.

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