Latino/a Studies Courses

The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (LSGS) offers its own courses and identifies classes from across the University that contain Latino/a Studies content. We encourage students to enroll in these courses, as well as those offered by The Program in Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Students interested in the LSGS Certificate are encouraged but not required to take the introductory course, "Latino/a Studies in the Global South" first.  It is being taught in Fall 2014.

For more information on the certificate or to inquire about courses, please contact , Executive Director.

Fall 2014 Courses that Count toward the LSGS Certificate

(Only courses in the top section of this list automatically count for credit toward the certificate. There is a separate note for classes in the lower section of this index.)

LSGS 101 / LIT 143 / SPANISH 160 / AAAS 104/ ICS 106 — Introduction to Latino/a Studies


TuTh 1:25 - 2:40PM with Prof. Walter Mignolo

Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Latino/a Studies, and how it reconfigures the study of the United States and the Americas. Considers literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, culture and language in examining terms such as Latino, latinidad, Global South, transnational, globalization, and multiculturalism. Exploration of alignments and divergences of Latino/a Studies with African and African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Critical U.S. Studies. Classroom learning will connect with the community outside of Duke. Required introductory course for students in the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate program. 

LSGS 306 / SPANISH 306 — Health, Culture, and the Latino Community


TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM with Prof. Joan Clifford

TuTh 8: 30AM - 9:45 AM with Prof. Rosa Solorzano*

Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health. Projects include presentations, writing, research, and conversations with local and global contacts. Evaluation on knowledge of content, oral and written proficiency in Spanish. One 300-level Spanish course recommended prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. | *Each professor instructs their own individual course.

LSGS  308S / SPANISH 308S – Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond

CCI, FL, W, CZ, Service Learning Course

TuTh 10:05AM - 11:20AM with Prof Eileen Anderson

Construction of Latino/a identity(ies) and formation of community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national levels. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish. May include a service-learning component. Recommended students take 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling.

LSGS 465S / HISTORY 465SHistory of the U.S./Mexico Border, 18th to 20th Centuries with Prof. Sarah Deutsch Cancelled Fall 2014, but will be taught Spring 2015  

LSGS 490S / SPANISH 490S – Latino/a Autobiography and Memoir


MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Claudia Milian

This seminar considers cultural and intellectual approaches to the construction and emergence of individual self-awareness and self-reference, exploring a variety of representations of the autobiographical voice, textual authority, and the boundaries between fact and fiction. These acts and discursive manifestations of individual life experience will be studied from the sociocultural and political modes of the U.S. Latino and Latina category. Accordingly, we will ask: In what ways do the stories of Latino and Latina cultural workers reconstruct factual and fictional modes of their subject formation and distinctive moments in U.S. society? And what do these articulations alter in relation to “unifying” values, traditions, and sociopolitical memberships? Of particular concern is how these cultural producers live and literarily represent both the America and the Latin/o America of their time. Through autobiography, memoir, literary criticism, theoretical readings, as well as visual and poetic approaches to subjectivity, we will interrogate how self, place, and “community” are negotiated. For our critical purposes, we will also deliberate on the following concerns: How is “Latino” or “Latina” lived experience theorized, and do these personal accounts introduce new forms of knowledge? What connections can one find between the shifting autobiographical (“Latino/a”) “I” and the larger social world “out there”? Do the social and discursive spaces of these works provide points of agreements on “Americanness” as much as “Latinoness”?

DOCST  341S / CULANTH 238S / PUBPOL 380/ ICS 342S –– Politics of Food: Land, Labor, Health, and Economics


TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Charlie Thompson

Explores the food system through fieldwork, study, and guest lectures that include farmers, nutritionists, sustainable agriculture advocates, rural organizers, and farmworker activists. Examines how food is produced, seeks to identify and understand its workers and working conditions in fields and factories, and, using documentary research conducted in the field and other means, unpacks the major current issues in the food justice arena globally and locally. Fieldwork required, but no advanced technological experience necessary. At least one group field trip, perhaps to a local farm or farmers market, required.

HISTORY 180 –– Truth Telling, Story Telling, and History


TuTh: 1:25PM - 2:40 PM with Yurida Ramirez

The borders between history and fiction. History theory and the methods of historical inquiry. Researching and writing history and fiction. Authorial voice and audience. Myth, legend, history. Examples of history and fiction drawn from ancient, medieval, and early modern eras (Western Europe), with thematic emphases on war, violence, religion, and societal crisis. 

HISTORY  352 –– Immigrant Dreams, U.S. Realities: Immigration Policy History


WF 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Prof. Gunther Peck

Immigrants and immigration policy in the United States from 1850 to the present, with focus on origins and power of immigrant exclusion during three waves of migration: Northern European and Asian migrations between 1850 and 1880, Eastern European, Latin American, and Asian migrations, 1880–1920, and Latin American, African, and Asian migrations, post-1965. Immigrant roles in shaping policy debates, citizenship rights, labor movements, and American culture, past and present. 

SPANISH 313 –– Bridging Cultures   CCI, FL, SS   TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Bethzaida Fernandez Vargas   Exploration of key issues surrounding Latino communities in Durham and beyond, focusing on issues of culture and immigration, health, education, economy. Assigned projects and activities will emphasize bidirectional learning and cultural understanding and facilitate opportunities for building bridges to local communities. Includes a service learning component consisting of a minimum of 14 hours of community engagement with a local organization. Assessment based on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service learning. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Previous 300-level course recommended.   Note: LSGS 89S / CHILDPOL 89S / PUBPOL 89S  — Immigrant Children and Youth was cancelled during the summer due to the instructor's departure.   SPANISH 390 –– Spanish in the US (Seminar)   CCI, FL   TuThu 3:05 - 4:20 PM with Joan Munne

In this course we will study the linguistic development and current presence of Spanish in the United States. One of the objectives of the course is to develop linguistic and critical awareness about the relationship between Spanish language and society, with special emphasis in topics such as: language variety, language contact from a social, political and educational perspective, types of bilingualism, sociolinguistic issues, migration patterns and settlements, etc. The class requires extensive participation from students in discussions, presentations and original research in the form of a final project. Reading selections will be in English and in Spanish.  Class discussion will be in Spanish.  Strongly recommended a previous 300-level Spanish course.


Additional Courses of Interest
(with Some Latino/a Studies Content)

These classes do not automatically count toward the certificate, although some could, depending on student projects within the course. Please consult with the Program on this matter.

SPANISH 490S –– Spanish Literature: LIT / COMMERCE / REV IN CUBA


TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Richard Rosa

Various aspects of the literatures of Spain and Spanish-America with a cross-cultural perspective. Specific topics to be announced.  Prerequisite: Spanish 332, 333, 334 or 335.

LIT 80S American Modernisms: Regional Literatures Across North and South America


MW 3:05 - 4:20 with Michael Swacha

One traditional understanding of modernism that is often cited is the notion of “cosmopolitanism,” or the expansion and circulation of ideas across a global setting, made possible by innovations in technology, media, government and economics.  In this course, we will respond to this notion by offering an alternative perspective: that modernism might also be understood as the defense of or focus upon local and regional life. We will focus on literary representations of modernity gathered from a wide range of North and South American regions.  

LIT 690S Special Topics in Literature: LACANIAN PSYCHONALYTIC THEORY


Th 3:05PM- 5:35PM with Prof. Antonio Viego

ICS 339 / LIT 375 / SPANISH 361 –– Latin American Literature in Translation


Tu 4:40PM-7:10PM with Prof. Ariel Dorfman

Foundational and recent texts, crucial themes, obsessions, genres and stylistic strategies of Latin American culture.  Readings include canonical authors such as Sarmiento, Garcia Marquez, Lispector, Cortazar; recent writers who address contemporary issues. Ethical and political dilemmas will be constantly examined. 

LIT 371S –– Problems in Global Culture


M 3:20PM-7:50PM with Prof. Ariel Dorfman

CULANTH 590S / LIT 690S / ROMST 690S ––  Seminar in Selected Topics: GEOPOLITICS OF KNOWING

M 4:40PM-7:10PM with Prof. Walter Mignolo


M 6:00PM-7:45PM with student leaders. Advised by Joan Clifford

The house course surrounds the topics of immigration, growing immigrant communities including undocumented  and farmworker communities especially in North Carolina and Durham, and the politics, business, health, emotions, and most importantly people involved. It aims to take you out of the classroom and into the community as active members, with classes sometimes being held in the Latino markets or neighborhoods in Durham, optional home stay experiences on the weekend, optional training to fill out DACA papers for undocumented youth, and speakers ranging from Latino professionals, activists and a director of an NGO in Florida, as well as campus workers you cross every day here at Duke. This course also gives you the chance to be a leader in the movement by collaborating on the Latino Stories Project throughout the semester alongside distinguished Duke/UNC Professors, graduate students, Latino health and business professionals and community members in Durham. The project is part of an exciting movement in Durham and Duke to create a website documenting and sharing the narratives of Latinos here as well as the resources available to the Latino community (and anyone who wishes to learn about it.) If you are interested at all in Duke's growing effort to communicate and collaborate with the Latino community here in Durham, this class is a great opportunity to get involved from all angles! 

SPANISH 335 –– Introduction to Spanish-American Literature


MW 4:40PM-5:55PM with Prof. Claudia Milian
A survey from Independence to the Contemporary period. Prerequisite: Spanish 301, 331S, or AP Spanish Language score of 5 or AP Spanish Literature score of 4 or 5.

SPAN 390 –– El Cine Politico en America Latina

¿En qué consiste un “cine político”? 
Aunque no haya una respuesta definitiva para la pregunta, los cineastas latinoamericanos ofrecen una variedad de posibilidades. Ese curso examina obras emblemáticas de la producción cinematográfica del continente, tratando tanto del cine documental como de ficción, y cubriendo el período que se extiende desde los años 60 hasta el presente. Enfocándose especialmente en ejemplos del cono sur, Cuba, y Brasil, el curso establece diálogos entre las películas y una variedad de textos, como manifiestos y ensayos escritos por los propios cineastas, textos introductorios al estudio del cine, fragmentos de obras literarias, y una ecléctica selección de textos secundarios que contextualizan la relación entre la política y el cine en general y en américa latina.

AAAS 343 / LATAMER 343 / CULANTH 342/ SOCIOL 343 –– Displacements: Migration and Human Trafficking


W 4:40PM-7:10PM with Prof. Michaeline Crichlow

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements.

AAAS 641S/SOCIOL 645S/CULANTH 641S –– Citizen and Subject in a Neoliberal Age


M 6:15PM-8:45PM with Prof. Micheline Crichlow
Explores studies of citizenship, quests to belong to a place, and institutional mechanisms people deem sacred, and others, profane and dispensable. Focuses on the ways African, Caribbean and Pacific peoples have adapted identitarian constructions to develop narratives of home. Case studies using ethnographic, historical, sociological and visual methods are used to investigate how particular claims are pursued in clamoring for citizenship in various communities.


CULANTH 290S / PUBPOL 290S / HISTORY 390 –– Current Issues in Anthropology: HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA


TuTh 10:05AM-1:20PM with Robin Kirk

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. 

CULANTH 213 / ICS 241 / WOMENST –– Cyborgs


WF 11:45AM-1:00PM with Prof. Diane Nelson
Philosophical, cross-cultural, historical, mass media, and political assumptions about what it means to be human that serve as the foundation for technological development.

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