Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two Fall 2012 IW sections of HIST-J 301 now open to all students

HIST-J 301  # 24178 (3 cr) Latin American Beyond the Textbook     A. Diaz

12:20-2:50 pm Wednesday            WH 204

College Intensive Writing Section

This course is part one of a two-course sequence on the history of Latin America from pre-conquest times to the present. It will survey the history of Latin America from its first inhabitation to the independence period in the nineteenth century. Six major themes will be addressed: the development of the great Amerindian civilizations, the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians, the making of a colonial society in Spanish America and Brazil, the struggles leading to the collapse of colonial rule, and the civil wars of independence. The overriding concern of this survey is to provide an understanding of how the complex interaction between the different cultures that met in the Americas shaped these colonial societies, and how some elements of this legacy persisted and/or were transformed by different social groups before and after independence.

This course should help students gain some understanding of the diversity and complexity of Latin America. Students will obtain a sense of both the major processes that have left their imprint in these countries, and the experiences of the men and women who lived and made their histories. Furthermore, this course seeks to bring students a sense of history as a discipline and as a method for interpreting and understanding the past through the study of myriad sources. Students should be able to assess the importance of closely analyzing different perspectives and sources when seeking to understand and interpret any event or problem of the past.


HIST-J 301 # 28447 (3 cr) Latinos and the Law: Race, Immigration and Illegality in U.S. History  J. Nieto-Phillips

12:20-2:50 pm Wednesday            BH 335

College Intensive Writing Section

This course will explore the long history of migration to the United States, focusing on the statecraft of immigration control and of citizenship. The history of immigration is more varied and complex than high school textbooks suggest. Immigration has been hotly contested for more than two centuries. The standard "assimilation" narrative and "melting pot" metaphor fail to capture ways the state has excluded or marginalized immigrant groups. Racial, national, gender, and socioeconomic criteria long have been used to determine who would become an "American" and who would remain an "alien." In this course, we will explore the laws, state structures, ideologies that have regulated our nation's borders and the boundaries of our body politic. Drawing on both contemporary and classic scholarly texts on immigration, as well as films, historical documents and first-person narratives or memoirs, we will delve into these issues. We will be paying special attention to the wide-ranging experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the context of immigration. Since this is a writing-intensive course, there will be a substantial amount of reading and writing, including several short writing assignments and two substantial essays.