The America Borderlands
Uses the concept of “dirt” to explore culture and politics in the Américas. Dirt is literal: land, soil, the earth and all its products that sustain life on the planet. The anthropological notion of culture comes from agriculture, and as we will explore, is always involved with power and thereby politics. Dirt is also contextual, the opposite of clean, the unuseful, waste, excreta, left-over. And dirt is metaphorical, “matter out of place.” By its very presence it makes often unmarked categories and borders more visible.
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Examines the social history of five racial minority groups, namely, African Americans, Chicanos/Mexican Americans, American Indians/Native Peoples, Puerto Ricans, and Asian Americans in relation to whites in the USA.
Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas
The basic philosophical architecture of the three great civilizations of America; Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations. Links the current indigenous revival in the Andes (Bolivia and Ecuador) and in the South of Mexico and Guatemala with the survival of their historical legacies
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
“Let’s Get Shrunk: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory in the Age of Disgracebook.” We will read key works in psychoanalytic theory by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Melanie Klein, focusing on specific topics such as hysteria, perversion, sexuality, the pleasure principle and the death drive, the unconscious, the id/ego/superego. We will examine the relationship in psychoanalysis between theory and practice as well as applicability for grappling with questions concerning power, politics, and the “care of the self.”
US/Mexico Border 18th–20th Centuries
Explores the creation and perpetual remaking of the border between the United States and Mexico from the 1780s to the current day. Topics explored include nation formation, citizenship, migrant lives, public policy, border incursions, and national identity.
Health, Culture, Latino Community
Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics to be explored include: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health.
Issues in Education and Immigration
Community-based interaction with Durham Public Schools. Topics for consideration: Latino/a identity, access to education for immigrants, academic performance, assimilation, general pressures of family and peers, bilingualism, configurations of ethno-racial consciousness.
LSGS Capstone Seminar
Final course for students seeking the certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. Provides students with the opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies in Latino/a Studies taken in previous coursework and to critically reflect on content related to the Latino/a world, especially about latinidad in local and global contexts.