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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HUM 310 - Theoretical Foundations of Latinx and Latin American Studies

Prerequisite, HUM 102 . This course looks at the evolution of theories of development as they relate to the relationship between Latin America and the United States, and how these theories help us critically understand the lives of Latinx im/migrants within the United States. The analytical trajectory includes modernization, dependency, world systems and de-colonial theories, transnational and global capitalism. Emphasis will be on structural processes such as trade, the military industrial complex and the narco-terror and border patrol industrial complex, and how these shape institutions (political, legal, educational, religious, economic, etc.) within the United States. The class will include social movement theories that can be applied to resistance efforts at local, national, and international levels. Within the Southwest United States, we look at the struggle and resistance of two significant communities, Chicanos/Mexicanos and Central Americans, drawing out implication for education projects and movements, such as ethnic studies and bilingual education. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits