This course studies concepts of gender and sexuality in US Latina/o communities. Particular foci of the course are concepts of femininity and masculinity, the family, feminist critical analysis, and contemporary Latina/o lesbian and gay expressions of identity. The course approaches its topics through an interdisciplinary framework using scholarship, memoir, manifesto, and popular culture.
- Analyze and explain the particular social, economic, and political factors that influence the development of these cultural artifacts at an advanced collegiate level.
- Apply this knowledge to comprehend and assess the impact of gender and sexuality on Chicana/o identity and community formation in the United States at an advanced collegiate level.
- Critically examine various cultural practices, productions, examples, and/or artifacts that focus on Chicana/o gender and sexuality at an advanced collegiate level.
- Identify key concepts of gender and sexuality critically connected to Chicana/o racial-ethnic community and identity at an advanced collegiate level.
- 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.