The rapid rise of the U.S. Latin@ population in recent decades has prompted scholarly and popular discussion about the implications of this demographic shift and the institutional management of Latin@ identities. This course analyzes these trends by focusing on the experiences of U.S. Latin@s in one such institutional setting: schools. Over the course of the semester, we will take up three central questions: (1) What is the meaning of "Latin@" as a sociocultural category? (2) What kinds of institutions are schools? (3) What societal structures, practices, and processes can we better understand by tracking the experiences of Latin@s in educational contexts? These questions highlight our dual interest in developing understandings of the experiences of Latin@s in schools, on the one hand, and locating these experiences in relation broader sociocultural phenomena, on the other. In order to engage these issues, we will draw on interactive lectures, reading assignments, writing exercises of varying lengths, facilitated discussions, and community engagement activities. Students will be exposed to key thinkers, theories, and methodologies in Latin@ studies, education, and sociocultural analysis.
Percentage of Latin Am and/or Latino Content: 100%