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ETHS 352 Latina/o Cultural Politics

This course studies the cultural politics of US Latino identity formation through an examination of the English-language literary, filmic, and artistic production of Latinos in the United States, with variable topical focuses on coming of age narratives, migration, education, gender, sexuality, the family, cultural identities, and assimilation. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.

Learning outcomes


  • Critically examine and categorize various cultural practices, productions, examples, and/or artifacts of Latinos in the United States.
  • Compare and contrast different approaches in culturally describing Latino identity formation in the United States.
  • Analyze and explain the particular social, economic, historical, discursive, and political factors that influence the development of Latina/o cultural artifacts and production, including the role of race and racism in the creation of different Latina/o standpoints.
  • Develop nuanced perspectives on the many socio-political influences on Latina/o cultural production, including race, racism, nativism, immigration, and assimilation.
  • Apply this knowledge to comprehend and assess various cultural and political dimensions of historical and contemporary Latino identity formation in the United States and their formative principles, including cultural revival, nationalism, and resistance; anti-racist activism; critical perspectives on gender, sexuality, and the family; and immigrant advocacy.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.