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CS10B: Social Structure and Contemporary Conditions

Winter 2019, Monday-Wednesday, 12:30pm - 1:45pm, Haines 100

Course Description:

This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Chicana/os and Latina/os in the U.S.  We begin with a historical analysis of Chicano/Latino presence in the Americas including indigenous, Spanish and African populations, followed by immigration and migration patterns, and then challenges and organizing during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  How did the Chicano Movement emerge and why?

We will next review the more contemporary role of Latinos in the U.S. with a focus on citizenship, registration and voting in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally we address the wave of anti-immigrant policies and attitudes, and how the Latino community reacted. Each student in the class will also complete a project called “Charting Latino Populations” using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.  Each person will focus in on a unique and specific city across the U.S. to document the first Latino populations, the associated industries and occupations, and how the population has grown and changed today.  (More details on the very last page)

Grading is based on participation in section, the Charting Latino Populations project, and a comprehensive final exam. Students will access historical data, census population tables, and current electoral records to describe the Latino population of one city in the U.S. Detailed “how-to” instructions will be provided in class.

Note: Final exam to be held Thursday, March 21, 3pm

Books / Articles:

Each week there will be required readings from one or more of these books.  Readings should be done for the day they are assigned.  For some weeks, the required readings might be posted online.

  • Rosales, Arturo. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
  • Barreto, Matt and Gary Segura. 2014. Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation. Public Affairs Press.
  • Ilan Stevens and Lalo Alcaraz.  Latino USA! A Cartoon History.

Week-by-week syllabus with reading assignments: Download Syllabus

CS10B Online Readings:

Resources For Charting Latino Population project