Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval Submission
Residential College Course Proposal
Interdisciplinary Approach to Latin American and Caribbean Immigration in the United States RC233 is being proposed as a Global Perspectives course. The intent of RC 233 is aligned with the mission of the Residential College to offer interdisciplinary perspectives to WSU students. RC233 will provide students with the analytical tools for understanding immigration as ongoing processes, and further their comprehension of different social theories through the interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data. As a result, it is expected that students awareness will increase concerning the diversity of the Latino population and the valuable contributions they make to US society. It is expected that approximately 30 students will take this course, and additional pertinent topics will be addressed as they surface in contemporary society.
Residential College 233
University Studies: Unity and Diversity/ Global Perspectives
Dr. Linda DAmico
The main objective of the course, Latin American and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, is for students to grasp how historical and economic dynamics of Latino immigration contribute to the rich cultural diversity in the United States, while raising important social justice issues. Students will be provided with the historical precedents with Latino immigration and settlement in the United States. Furthermore they will explore the ramifications of the Bracero Program, and the movement of refugees within a global political context. As a result they will understand the diversity of the Latino population and the valuable contributions they make to US society.
Students will grasp the relationship between theory and practice through a two pronged approach, namely; 1). The use of ethnographic and historic texts, and; 2). Fieldwork/outreach activites within the Hispanic community within and surrounding Winona. In addition, this course fits into the mission and goal of the Residential College and integrates theoretical with practical aspects of learning. It will provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective for better understanding of immigrant issues. Moreover, students will be challenged and encouraged to develop critical thinking and writing skills which will serve them well in life long learning
This is a University Studies Course that satisfies 3 credits of you Global Perspective requirement. The outcomes specified for a USP Global Perspectives course specify that the course provide students the activities and opportunities to:
Students will write a weekly response essay to readings and class discussions. Furthermore, they will keep fieldnotes of their experiences with immigrants and synthesize those into an analysis that interprets the data within the broader theoretical context of readings for the course. There will also be midterm and final exams.
Chavez, Leo R. Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society. Fort Worth: Harcourt, Brace College Publishers.
Suro, Robert. Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America. New York: Vintage Books.
Brown McCarthy, Karen. Mama Lola. Berkeley: University of California Press
Portes, Alejandro and Rubén Rumbaut. Immigrant America: A Portrait. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Nodín Valdés. Dionicio. Barrios Norteños: St Paul and Midwestern Mexican Communities in the Twentieth Century. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Ugalde, Antonio and Gilberto Cárdenas. Health & Social Services among International Labor Migrants: A Comparative Perspective. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Portes, Alejandro and Alex Stepick. City on the Edge: the Transformation of Miami. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Sakdívar, José David. Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Menjívar, Cecilia. Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Walta Hart, Dianne. Undocumeted in L.A.: An Immigrants Story. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources INC.
For each topic area the salient USP outcomes addressed in that area is identified (A-D)
Week 1 Introduction and Fieldwork Assignments
The Ethnographic Method (A, B)
Week 2 Immigration
Read Robert Suro Chapters 1-3 Short essay due (B, C)
Read Robert Suro Chapters 4-6 Short essay due (B, C)
Read Robert Suro Chapters 7-10 Short essay due (B,C)
Read Chavez Introduction and Chapter 1 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Read Chavez Chapters 2-4 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Read Chavez Chapters 5- 7 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Read Chavez Chapters 8-10 MIDTERM (A,B,C)
Week 9 Haitians in the US
Brown: Introduction and Chapter 1
Brown: Chapters 2-4 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Brown: Chapters 5-7 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Brown Chapters 8-10 Short essay due (A,B,C)
Discussion of ethnographic fieldwork (A,B,C)
Discussion of ethnographic fieldwork (A,B,C)
Week 15 FINAL EXAM