This concentration includes the study of cultural productions - e.g. art, film, television, literature - and the major theoretical and ideological trends of cultural studies in the Americas. This concentration takes a hemispheric or Inter-American approach to the study of cultural productions, taking into account the impact of social, economic, and political exchanges on the circulation of culture across the hemisphere. Courses in this concentration explore issues relating to the representation of transnational migration, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and indigeneity.
- Choose six courses from the following list*:
* Courses from other departments may count towards this concentration; consult your LALSP advisor for more information.
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN ART (CROSS-LISTED AS ART 243)
This course offers an overview of the principal developments in the history of Latin American art, from prehistoric times to the modern period. The course will view pre-Columbian, colonial and modern Latin American art contextually as artistic traditions are considered in light of major historical changes. (Cross-listed with ART 243)
ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS (CROSS-LISTED AS HAA 245)
This class surveys the art of the ancient Americas (circa 1000BC-1520AD), with a focus on the most artistically significant civilizations of Mesoamerica and South America and some of the difficulties encountered in studying them. Lectures will explore visual traditions as diverse as the people they reflect; cultures to be covered include the Olmec, Maya and Aztec of Mesoamerica, and the Moche and Inca of Peru. Course material will constantly probe the relationship between the visual forms studied and their likely political and/or social function; however, especially because of the scarcity of primary source texts, the class will also regularly raise questions of methodology in pre-Columbian scholarship. Students should emerge from the class with a grasp of the contribution of specific scholars of pre-Columbian art, with an appreciation of some of the problems of its study, and with the understanding of some of the most significant-and heterogeneous-artistic forms from the ancient Americas. Cross-listed as HAA 245.
ART IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN EMPIRE (CROSS-LISTED WITH HAA 246/CTH 250)
This course offers a critical survey of the art of colonial Latin America (circa 1520s-1820s), from the Caribbean to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Framed by the Spanish Conquest of the 16th century and Independence in the early 19th century, lectures will survey state-sanctioned arts of the Iberian colonizers, including the foundations of the Catholic Church across the "New World" landscape. Race will be a frequent issue of discussion as we consider both indigenous American and African participation in social realities and artistic practice in this colonial context.. Cross-listed with HAA 246 and CTH 250.
MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART (CROSS-LISTED WITH HAA 247)
This lecture class is a survey of Latin American art created since the Wars of Independence which helped to create the modern nations in the 19th century (i.e. 1820s through the present). Lectures consider the struggle of artists to articulate newly sovereign identities through visual production, even as complicated relationships with Europe and increasingly, the United States, continue. Topics covered include Latin American modernism, surrealism, radical arts, and social realism, with a special consideration of post-revolutionary Mexican mural painting. Cross-listed with HAA 247.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
GLOBALIZATION IN THE AMERICAS
In this course, we examine the processes of globalization in the Americas. The world seems to be a smaller place--accessible through the internet and global markets--and national borders seem to be more porous than ever before. Various agents--corporations, people, political organizers and organizations--are able to work on a global scale. Many critics argue that globalization has created a larger division between the wealthy and the poor. How has globalization affected the way we live our lives? In this course, we discuss the many debates around globalization and the political situation in Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean as well as the global justice movements that address inequity and injustice. You will become familiar with these debates and their histories, particularly with the growing anti-globalization position taken by many political leaders in Latin America. In this course, you will take a position regarding this contemporary political arena and become well-acquainted with various trends, policies, and activist movements around globalization. You will analyze your place in this political arena and determine how you will negotiate your position. We discuss the impact of various international organizations and trade agreements, from IMF, the World Trade Organization, the UN, the Organization of American States, NAFTA, and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. We will analyze the protest movements in Cancun and Seattle. We look at the increasing tourist apartheid in different parts of the Americas, particularly in the Caribbean. We discuss the impact and organization of international activism from anti-globalization movements to global justice movements. We will discuss and debate strategies for resistance. We access many of these issues through cultural productions (film, tv, advertisements, etc) that address the difficult dilemmas of neo-liberalism (rule of the market).
EXPERIENCING MEXICAN ART
The history of Mexican art in the Modern era. Some sections of this course will engage students in studio problems that address specific issues in the history of Mexican culture.
COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN ART
This course will survey painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in the Americas from contact with Europe up through independence movements of the 19th century. Special attention will be given to the intersection of artistic production with broad social, economic and political trends.
FOUNDING MYTHS AND CULTURAL CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA
This course challenges students to connect the cataclysmic formation of the Latin Americas from the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Native (indigenous) peoples with the processes that inform our modern world. Colonialism, social stratification and forms of conflict and rebellion all played pivotal roles in the formation of Latin America from origins to the 18th century. The history and culture of the region is presented from many perspectives and across many disciplines.
LATINO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 113)
An examination of the diverse nature of Latino religion, from its indigenous roots to its institutional forms, within the social and political context of American culture. Cross-listed with REL 113.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND LATINO FAMILIES
Social Engagement And Latino Families
LATINO COMMUNITIES IN CHICAGO
This course studies Latino Communities, focusing on their cultural and historical constructions from a community based learning experience.
GROWING UP LATINO/LATINA IN THE U.S.
A critical as well as a community based examination of the experiences of growing up as a Latino/Latina person in the United States.
MOTHERHOOD IN LATINO COMMUNITIES
This is an intellectual, as well as a community based exploration of motherhood in Latino communities and the theories of motherhood in feminist criticism throughout Latin America. Other topics: fatherhood, the extended family and the community as family.
SPECIAL TOPICS: LATINOS IN THE U.S.
SPECIAL TOPICS: LATINOS IN THE U.S.