LSGS 100S/SPAN 120S/AAS 199S/LIT 162ES: Intro to Latino/a Studies in the Global South
Intro 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 US Studies. Classroom learning will connect with the community outside of Duke. Required intro course for students in the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate program.
MW 1:15-2:30 Location TBAD Prof Antonio Viego
LSGS 181S/SPAN 181S/ICS 131 GS/ LIT 162ZS: Reading Latino and Latino History through Literature
Examining the imaginative act of writing -e.g., fiction, poetry, and playwriting - this course is a study of the literary portrayals of historical subjects, facts, events, and the social knowledge of the past, and how these means question the positioning of Latinas and Latinos within the American cultural terrain. Specific attention is given to how non-fiction is fictionally processed in contemporary works by U.S. Latinas and Latinos. If facts speak for themselves, how do 'Latino' facts - molded by struggles for civil and human rights and U.S. acts of foreign intervention - speak and under which geopolitical contexts? How does the novelist (not the historian) orient readers toward an understanding of social reality?
MW 2:50-4:05 Languages 208 Prof Claudia Milian
LSGS 106ES/SPAN 106ES: Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond
Formation of Latino/a identity(ies) and community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national level. Topics: Minority voices, power and class, linguistic and artistic expression. Required weekly service work with GANO and the Mariposa Stories Project. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, service. Recommended students take 100-level Spanish course prior to enrolling.
WF 1:115-2:30 Location TBA Prof Joan Clifford
LSGS 155/SPAN 155D/ICS 155/CULANTH 157: 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.
MW 1:15-2:30 Old Chem 116 Prof Walter Mignolo
LSGS 106/SPAN 106A: Health, Culture, and the Latino Community
Issues associated with access to the health care industry for growing Latino/a population in the US. Topics: cultural competency issues, medical practices, lexical knowledge related to the field. Develop research proposal informed by required 20 hours of service work with local community partners. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. Recommended students take 100-level Spanish course prior to enrolling. Pre-requisite: Spanish 76 or equivalent.
WF 10:05-11:20 Location TBA Departmental Staff
WRITING 20: Papers on Papers: Unauthorized Migration
First year undergraduates only.
The presence of unauthorized immigrants in the United States is a central issue on the public agenda, and yet not very much is known about them. Who are the undocumented? Why have they come? What does it mean to be illegal? In this class we will draw from a wide spectrum of sources to learn and write about undocumented life in America. Full Synopsis available online. Taught by Nicolas Eilbaum. Two sections available.
PLEASE NOTE: This course has a mandatory Service Learning (SL) component, which includes approximately two hours of service each week of the semester at a site in Durham (20 hours total). Community partners will be arranged by the instructor in consultation with students and Duke's service-learning staff.
Courses at UNC-CH: Duke students are welcome to take courses at area universities, and UNC-CH offers a variety of Latino/a Studies offerings each semester. Highlighted below is one example of such a course. Contact email@example.com for futher information on these courses and credit toward the undergraduate certificate:
English 864: Medicalizing latinidades with Professor Laura Halperin, taught Mondays 2:00-5:00 in Greenlaw 318. Graduate level course. Open to Duke students.
Building on Vilma Santiago-Irizarry’s ethnographic study about the medicalization of ethnicity, this interdisciplinary and intersectional graduate seminar will focus on the medicalization of U.S. latinidades. Through an examination of texts across genresâ€”such as novels, memoirs, plays, poetry, vignettes, films and/or documentaries, medical anthropologies, literary analyses, environmental and social justice studies, and psychological studiesâ€”this course will explore the medicalized construction of latinidades, with particular attention to the roles race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality play in these constructions. We will analyze fictional and nonfictional representations of Latinas/os as physically and/or mentally ill, and we will explore the crossroads of physical and psychological harm to which Latinas/os are subject.
This discussion-based course is structured in such a way to help you as you advance in your academic careers. To this end, you each will be responsible for leading class discussion, writing a paper abstract for an academic journal, presenting a conference-length version of your final research paper, and writing a final research paper for possible submission to an academic journal.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Laura Halperin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Courses of interest (with some Latino/a Studies content).
These courses do not automatically count toward the certificate, although some could depending on student projects within the course. Consult with the Program on this issue.
AAAS 127A - 01 The Caribbean, 1492-1700
Prof Barry Gaspar
The Caribbean region from the arrival of Columbus (1492) to the emergence of sugar and slavery as powerful shapers of society and culture, by 1700.
AAAS 159S - 03 Race, Genomics, and Society
Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 169 - 01 Pigging Out: The Cultural Politics of Food
Examine cultural influences of food, linking class, geography, ethnicity to food practices. Investigates link between overeating and cheap food, under-eating and expensive food; discrepancy between cost and quality; changing diets in US and elsewhere; current debates regarding food production, specifically in the U.S., Americas, Africa and Asia. Discussion of Cargill companies restrictions on spread of their hybrid grains; questionable agricultural practices, e.g. animal cruelty, overuse of pesticides, condition of migrants. Environmental policies examined in relation to pursuit of such industrial agricultural practices. Will include hands-on experiments with food preparation and tasting. Instructor: Crichlow
AAAS 229S - 01 Poverty, Inequality, and Health
Impact of poverty and socioeconomic inequality on the health of individuals and populations. Attention given to both United States and non-United States populations. Topics include the conceptualization and measurement of poverty and socioeconomic inequality; socioeconomic gradients in health; globalization and health; socioeconomic deprivation across the life-course and health in adulthood; and public policy responses in the United States and elsewhere to growing health inequities in the age of globalization. Prerequisite: An introductory course in statistics. Seniors and graduate students only. Instructor: James
AAAS 278S-01: Race and American Politics
The definition and meaning of race have been, and continue to be, shaped by U.S. political and legal institutions. Hence, politics and race in the United States have been inextricably intertwined. The course focuses on the continued salience of race in American politics, and its influence on white and black political attitudes and behavior, and on the behavior and attitudes, where information is available, on Latinos. Attention is paid to the historical context in which the concept of race and race relations developed, and addresses the current context in which racial dynamics are played out. The course will provide a broad overview of the salience of race in the American political fabric and how it structures racial attitudes on a number of political and policy dimensions. While the racial paradigm in the United States has expanded beyond black and white, and research on the politics of Latinos, American Indians, and Asian Americans is growing, the predominance of the research on the salience of race and American politics focuses on the black and white paradigm. Where literature exists on the attitudes of Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians, it is included.
DANCE 85 - 01 Capoeira: Brazilian Dance/Martial Art
Introduction to Capoeira, the dynamic art form that emerged in Brazil during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade and blends music, ritual, acrobatic movement, and combat. Instructor: Staff
DOCST 127S - 01 Video for Social Change
Documentary film course focusing on the production of advocacy videos for social change. Covers methods and traditions of community organizing, introduces knowledge and skill sets needed to make effective videos for grassroots organizations, and explores how video is integrated into organizing strategies to achieve better results. Includes instructor-supervised fieldwork with community partner organization; student groups will research, write, direct, and produce a class video for a campaign to improve educational and economic opportunities in Durham's low-income communities. Instructor: Orenstein
HISTORY 103 - 03 (3116) Global Brazil
obal Brazil: 500 Years of History, Culture, and Politics Discovered by Europeans in 1500, the encounter with Indians spawned the "myth of the noble savage" while the new Portuguese colony was the first to introduce the African slavery-plantation complex tied to the export of sugar. With a majority slave and majority African-descended population, it was the sole New World monarchy after independence (1822-1888). As the last country to abolish slavery, it became the first to articulate a vision of itself as a "racial democracy" despite racial inequalities and ample African-derived cultural creativity and influence. With the rise of coffee, Brazil industrialized rapidly and witnessed the emergence of populist politics and sustained, , despite dictatorships, slow progress towards democratization while emerging as a dynamic economy. As the world's fifth largest country in population and eighth in the size of its economy, Brazil's 21st century story--which will be addressed in detail--is one of a country progressing crisply in economic terms while distributing wealth and opportunity in one of the world's most unequal societies. The course qualifies for EI and CCI under Curriculum 2000 and Civilization and Social Sciences under Areas of Knowledge. For history majors, the book counts towards the pre-1800 requirement. Prof John French.
HOUSECS 79 - 05 House Courses - one on Race, Gender and Sexuality and another, "Beyond Duke Engage" might be of interest. Note that House courses do not count toward the undergraduate certificate.
ICS 125 - 01 Comparative Approaches to Global Issues
Comparative and connective research and analysis in the social sciences and the humanities: strengths and weaknesses of cross-cultural comparison as developed by sociologists, historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and specialists in comparative literature and religion. Not open to students who have taken Religion 121. Instructor: Hasso
ICS 130B - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Gender and sexuality as strands within complex fabrics of identification. Anthropological case studies, including ethnography, film, and theoretical analyses, drawn from Latin America; the possibility of specific gender formations in that geographical region. Relations among men, women, "cochones," "machos," "virgenes," Malinches, "mestizos," "mujeres Mayas," "travestis," revolutionaries, gringos and gringas, throughout the whole continent of the Americas. How gender and sexuality affect and are affected by other forms of identification such as race and ethnicity, class, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. The role of stereotypes. Instructor: Nelson
LATAMER 199S.01: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society
Re-Shaping Hemispheric Visual Culture: Narco-films and related Cultural Products
The Cultures of Trafficking: A lab course on NarcoMedia and a film festival
From the cultural revolution of the late 1960s to the wide spread violence of today’s war on drugs (encompassing Mexico to Brazil), drug trafficking is not an isolated phenomenon but one with a long lasting impact. The increasing presence of the drug wars in the US media is just one aspect of the transformative force that such trade has brought to the peoples of the region. Creators, from Film makers, creative writers, to visual artists, are producing films, documentaries, novels, short stories, and new media art responding to such phenomena. This course will explore the audio visual production related to the transnational dimension of the drug trade, in order to assess its presence in the writing of the cultural history of the region. Contact instructor for more information.
TR 2:50-4:05 Franklin Center 230/232 Miguel Rojas-Sotelo
PHYSEDU 75: Latin Dance
Salsa, cha-cha, rumba, merengue, samba, mambo, and others
TR 10:05-11:20am Wilson Center 125 Instructor: Daffron