SPAN 480: Special Topics in Spanish

SPAN 480-DL1: Immigration & Social Justice in Latinx Cultural Studies
(Spring 2021)


Section Information for Spring 2021

Understanding the intricate interconnections between immigration and social justice is at the core of US Latinx cultural studies. Not all Hispanics, Latinxs, Latinas and Latinos identify as immigrants, but their communities always comprise multidimensional immigration experiences of displacement, transiting, settlement, discrimination, cultural resistance and social adaptation that are central to their heritage and their everyday lives. These experiences encompass specific goals regarding ethnic, racial and gender justice, diversity, equality, inclusivity and accountability. In this context and with a transdisciplinary, intersectional approach, this course will focus on the study of

  1. basic notions and concepts in immigration studies and social justice
  2. Chicano/Latino social movements, main organizations from the early 20th century to the present focusing on immigrant’s rights and immigration crises
  3. the work of legendary civil rights Latinx leaders & intellectuals (Bert Corona, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta)
  4. the work of more recent leading activists and intellectuals (Alicia Gaspar de Alba, José Antonio Vargas, Jason de León, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio and Paula Ramos) on contemporary concerns such as gender justice, femicides, undocumented immigration, and human rights violations at the US-Mexico border and in detention camps.

Our emphasis will be on the relationship between social justice and cultural production by studying non-fiction, fiction, films, artwork and symbolic imaginative representations that emerge from and are part of immigration experiences and immigration activism. Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, transdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of immigration and social justice with an emphasis on creativity and imagination.

This course is conducted in Spanish, and all oral and written assignments must be in Spanish.

SPAN 480-DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of a selected theme in Hispanic literature, culture, or linguistics. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 385, 388 or 390, depending on topic, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Spanish

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