THE LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDIES PROGRAM
Ours is a unique multi-disciplinary program that compares and combines the study of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.



Current Courses: Fall 2012

 

LALS 102: Introduction to Latinos Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. US Society, and World Cultures course. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture.

 

Catalog Description: Introduction to the major concepts, issues, and debates in the field of U.S. Latina/o Studies. Overview of the history, cultures, and issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class among Latinos in the United States. US Society, and World Cultures course.

 

LALS 103: Introduction to Latino Urban Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Individual and Society, and US Society course.

 

Catalog Description: Demographic, economic, political, cultural, and social dimensions of Latino communities in the United States. Includes Chicanos/Mexicanos Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Central and South Americans.

 

LALS 104: Introduction to Puerto Rican Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours.

 

Catalog Description: Analysis of contemporary cultural, political, social and economic issues of Puerto Rico: the political status of Puerto Rico, problems of cultural identity, migration and economic dependence. World Cultures course.

 

LALS 109: Introduction to Latino Cultures

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): Open only to freshmen and sophomores or consent of the instructor. Creative Arts, and US Society course.

 

Catalog Description: Examination of the cultural and artistic productions of U.S. Latinos and/or Latin Americans through historical processes of mainstreaming, transculturation, and hybridity.

 

LALS 127: Latin American Music

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as MUS 127. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course. Instructor Approval Required Music Lab Fee 30.

 

Catalog Description: Survey class that introduces students to the rich repertoire of music in Latin America. It explores the history of genres, their development, instruments and representative artists in their geographical, social and cultural contexts. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

 

LALS 130: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Course Information: 3 hours. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. 

 

Catalog Description: Comparative study of political institutions, political culture, and political processes in selected major countries of the world. Same as POLS 130 and INST 130. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.

 

LALS 225: Racial and Ethnic Groups

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as AAST 225 and SOC 225. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course. Departmental Approval Required

 

Catalog Description: Introduction to literature by Latin American women from the seventeenth century to the present. Focus on the role literature has played in the negotiation of gender identities in the private and the public spheres. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.

 
 

LALS 227: Spain: 1469-1808

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as HIST 227. Individual and Society, and Past course.

 

Catalog Description: IThe political, socioeconomic, and cultural development of Spain from the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella to the War of Independence.

 
 

LALS 229: Sociology of Latinos

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as SOC 229. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or LALS 102 or SOC 105 or LALS 103; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.

 

Catalog Description: Examines social, political and economic issues affecting Latino groups. While focusing on the process of racialization, the course also examines immigration, language rights, gender and sexuality, labor market, media, and youth.

 
 

LALS 233: Latinos in Chicago

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): LALS 102 or consent of the instructor.

 

Catalog Description: Development and dynamics of Chicago's Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American communities: settlement, demographics, economics, culture, social institutions and political participation.

 
 

LALS 239: Pre-Columbian Art of South America

 

Course Information: 3 hours.Same as AH 273. Prerequisite(s): Three hours of art history at the 100 level or consent of the instructor. World Cultures course.

 

Catalog Description: The art and architecture of the Andean, southern Central American, and Caribbean cultures from 3000 B.C. to the sixteenth century, including Chavin, Moche, Inca, Taino, and gold-working cultures of northern South America and lower Central America.

 
 

LALS 242: Government and Politics of Latin America

 

Course Information: 3 hours.Same as POLS 242. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level course in Latin American and Latino studies or political science.

 

Catalog Description: An examination of government and politics in selected Latin American countries. Comparative and historical analysis of dictatorship, democracies, political institutions, and parties.

 
 

LALS 255: South American Indians

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as ANTH 275. 

 

Catalog Description: Social and cultural practices of the native peoples of the Amazonian tropical forest and the Andes. Same as ANTH 275. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.


LALS 257: Archaeology of North America

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as ANTH 226. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or consent of the instructor. 

 

Catalog Description: Introduction to the prehistoric cultures of North America from earliest times until the arrival of Europeans. Same as ANTH 226. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or consent of the instructor. 
 

LALS 258: Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as ANTH 227, and GEOG 207. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102; or sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

 

Catalog Description: Analysis and interpretation of the archaeological evidence on the process of development of native civilization in the Meso-American area from the beginnings of agricultural settlement to the eve of the Spanish conquest.

 
 

LALS 261: Latin America to 1850

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as HIST 261. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. 

 

Catalog Description: A survey of the pre-Columbian and early national periods. Same as HIST 261. Past, and World Cultures course. 
 

LALS 266: Mexico Since 1850

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as HIST 266. Past, and World Cultures course. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion.

 

Catalog Description: Revolution and evolution in the making of modern Mexican society. Past, and World Cultures course.

 
LALS 270: Ethongraphy of Meso-America

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as ANTH 277. 

 

Catalog Description: Survey of the contemporary indigenous cultures of Meso-America, studied against their pre-conquest history and in their development since the Spanish Conquest. Same as ANTH 277.Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.

 

LALS 275: Gender In Latin America

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as GWS 275, and POLS 275. World Cultures course.

 

Catalog Description: Latin American women in historical perspective from pre-Columbian and Iberian societies to the present. World Cultures course.

  

LALS 278: Latin American/Latino Film Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as SPAN 278. Prerequisite(s): LALS 101 or LALS 102 or LALS 109.

 

Catalog Description: Latin American and U.S. Latino film as expressing and impacting socioeconomic, political, ideological and literary systems, modes of "elite" and popular culture, everyday life.

 
 

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LALS 286: Issues in Latino Identity

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): LALS 102.

 

Catalog Description: Examines one or more topics of central importance to U.S. Latino populations. Topics may be related to such issues as youth, migration, family, religion, or cultural production.

 

LALS 290: Mexican-American History

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as HIST 290.

 

Catalog Description:The political, social, economic, and cultural development of the Mexican people in the U.S. from colonial times until the present.

 

LALS 295: Latino Literary Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Same as ENGL 295 and SPAN 295. US Society course.

 

Catalog Description: Major trends, genres, works, themes, and writers related to Latino history and culture, mainstream and minority U.S., Latin American and third world literatures. US Society course.

 

LALS 301: Research Methods in Latin America and Latino Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level LALS courses; LALS major or minor or consent of the instructor; junior standing or above or consent of the instructor. 

 

Catalog Description: An examination of various research methods used in Latin America and Latino Studies. Qualitative research methods used in the humanities and social sciences with emphasis on how to formulate ideas, develop them, and carry out a research project. 
Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level LALS courses; LALS major or minor or consent of the instructor; junior standing or above or consent of the instructor.


LALS 391: Seminar in Latin American Studies

 

Course Information: 3 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level LALS courses; junior standing or above or consent of the instructor. 

 

Catalog Description: Diverse aspects of modern Latin American society, politics, culture and economics from the wars of independence to contemporary times. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level LALS courses; junior standing or above or consent of the instructor.

 

LALS 427: Studies in Language Policy and Cultural Identity

 

Course Information: 3 or 4 hours. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Same as SPAN 427. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.

 

Catalog Description:Examines the development, articulation, and effects of language policies on identity formation and culture. Focuses on the United States and the Spanish language, although other countries and languages are included.

 

LALS 461: Topics in Latin American History

 

Course Information: 3 or 4 hours. Same as HIST 461. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history, Latin American and Latino studies, or consent of the instructor. 

 

Catalog Description: Specific topics are announced each term. Same as HIST 461. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term.Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history, Latin American and Latino studies, or consent of the instructor.

 

LALS 491: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American Studies

 

Course Information: 3 or 4 hours. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level Latin American and Latino Studies courses or consent of the instructor. 

 

Catalog Description: Specific topics as announced each semester. In-depth study of selected topics such as: process of state formation, education, populism, the family, democratization, industrialization and ideological currents. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level Latin American and Latino Studies courses or consent of the instructor.


LALS 497: Community Research Internship

 

Course Information: 3 or 4 hours. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and consent of the instructor. Concurrent registration in LALS 498. Recommended Background: LALS 403. 

 

Catalog Description: Work in community-based organizations and cultural institutions to develop experiential knowledge about social, political and cultural issues facing Latinos and Latin Americans. Placements introduce issues of ethnicity, identity, and transnationalism. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and consent of the instructor. Concurrent registration in LALS 498. Recommended Background: LALS 403.

  

LALS 498: Community Research

 

Course Information: 3 or 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and consent of the instructor. Concurrent registration in LALS 497. Recommended Background: LALS 403.

 

Catalog Description: Community-based internship and development of a research proposal. Students are introduced to policy papers, research memos and research grant proposals, and are expected to develop their own research proposals.

 

LALS 499: Advanced Independent Research

 

Course Information: 1 TO 4 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Open, with consent of the instructor, to graduate students and Latin American and Latino studies majors with at least a 3.00 grade point average. Students in other programs or with lower than a 3.00 grade point average are admitted at the instructor's discretion only. Instructor Approval Required This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the undergraduate degree and the major.

 

Catalog Description: Individual advanced reading or research project in Latin American or U.S. Latino studies, with instructor's consent and supervision.

 

LALS 501: Latinos and Latin America in Transnational Context

 

Course Information: 4 hours.

 

Catalog Description: Analysis of transnational processes linking Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. The impact of globalization on migration, culture, identity, work, health, education, family, politics.

 

LALS 504: Proseminar in Latin American and Latino Studies

 

Course Information: 1 hours. Satisfactory/Unsatifactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Credit or cocurrent registration in LALS 501 or Credit or concurrent registration in LALS 502. Instructor Approval Required

 

Registration Restriction: Restricted to Graduate College.

 

Catalog Description: Introduction to the profession, discussion of lectures, course work, readings, and student research. Students attend various lectures, conferences, and community events relating to Latin America and/or Latinos/as, and share their own work.

 

LALS 590: Directed Research

 

Course Information: 1 to 4 hours. Satisfactory/Unsatifactory grading only. May be repeated.Prerequisite(s): LALS 501 and LALS 502.

 

Catalog Description: Students complete research and composition of the final paper project under the direction of a supervising professor.

 

LALS 596: Independent Study

 

Course Information: 1 TO 4 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Instructor Approval Required

 

Catalog Description: Investigation of special problems under the direction of a faculty member.

 
 




Latin American and Latino Studies Program (MC 219)
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Chicago, IL 60607-7115
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