Spring Semester 2007
Room: Sycamore 001
Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 039
COURSE OBJECTIVES: An introduction and overview of Latino issues. Through readings and discussions of text books, this course provides an overview of the historical heritages of major Latino groups in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latin American peoples. Through readings, presentations, class discussion, videos, and other activities, we will examine contemporary issues affecting Latinos, including immigration, language, education, politics, employment, and economic mobility.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be Power Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills. The IU Writing Tutorial Services can provide Discipline- and Course-Specific Tutoring if needed, which includes appropriate citation styles.
READINGS: You are expected to read the assigned texts and other articles assigned weekly through Oncourse. After using Oncourse, don't forget to Log Out, as it will record your session. Questions regarding the texts and articles will appear on the exams and essay quizzes. The required texts are:
Himilce Novas. Everything You Need to Know About Latino History.
(2003). ISBN: 0-452-28432-5.
Victor Andres Triay. Fleeing Castro. (1999) ISBN: 0-8130-1724-6
Manuel G. Gonzales. Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States. (1999). ISBN: 0-253-21400-9
LATINO STUDIES RESOURCES WEBSITE: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/ Contains topics and data related to this course.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of a Mid-Term Exam (30%), a Final Exam (30%), two Oncourse essay quizzes (15% each), and participation and attendance (10%). Missing eight or more classes will further drop you another letter grade. The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations. There is no handout study guide. You are responsible for your own class lecture notes. Oncourse essay quizzes online will be held Sunday nights, 10 PM to Midnight.
(100-92=A), (91.9-90=A-), (89.9-88=B+), (87.9-82=B), (81.9-80= B-), (79.9-78=C+), (77.9-72=C), (71.9-70=C-), (69.9-68=D+), (67.9-62=D), (61.9-60=D-), (Below 59.9= F).
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with according to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Please contact me the first week of classes if you have special learning
needs. The IU Adaptive
Technology Center can also assist you.
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS Jan. 8-10 Overview of the course Exam and study guides Latino Identity Novas, Latino History, xi-17
Jan. 15-17 Racial and cultural syncretism Novas, Latino History, 18-44 Mexican Americans Novas, Latino History, 45-85
Jan. 22-24 Chicano Movement Novas, Latino History, 86-123 Puerto Ricans Novas, Latino History, 124-160
Jan. 29-31 Cuban Americans 1823-1958 Novas, Latino History, 161-183 Cuban Americans 1958-Present Novas, Latino History, 184-212
Feb. 5-7 Operation Pedro Pan Triay, Fleeing Castro, ix-31 The Cuban Children's Program Triay, Fleeing Castro, 32-68
Feb. 12-14 Reunification Triay, Fleeing Castro, 69-106 Dominican Americans Novas, Latino History, 213-229
Feb. 19-21 Central Americans Novas, Latino History, 230-270
Feb. 26 Latino Politics Novas, Latino History, 271-294 Feb. 28 Mid-term Exam
March 5-7 Music and Sports Novas, Latino History, 295-316 Writers and Artists Novas, Latino History, 316-338
March 10-18 Spring Recess
March 19-21 Spaniards and Native Americans Gonzales, Mexicanos, 1-27 The Spanish Frontier Gonzales, Mexicanos, 28-57
March 26-28 The Mexican Norte Gonzales, Mexicanos, 58-81 The American South West Gonzales, Mexicanos, 82-112
April 2-4 The Mexican Revolution Gonzales, Mexicanos, 113-124 The Great Migration Gonzales, Mexicanos, 125-138
April 9-11 Labor Strife and Repatriation Gonzales, Mexicanos, 139-160 The Braceros Gonzales, Mexicanos, 161-175
April 16-18 Operation Wetback Gonzales, Mexicanos, 175-190 Chavez and the United Farmworkers Gonzales, Mexicanos, 191-211 April 23-25 The Student Movement Gonzales, Mexicanos, 211-232 The Unfulfilled Promise Gonzales, Mexicanos, 232-261May Second Exam (Day & time to be announced)
The preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.