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EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. Course Syllabus 3/20/03 AQUINAS COLLEGE EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE UNITED STATES 4 Quad Spring 2003 Luis Beteta March 20 – May 8 650 Burton Street, S.E. Thursday: 6:30 – 10:30 PM Grand Rapids, MI 49507 Office (616) 243-0491 ext. 557 Email: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION Since the beginning the United States has been a multicultural society even though this has not been acknowledged by predominant social groups. This course is designed to present students with an understanding of the identity dynamics of the major Hispanic groups in the U.S. today and their impact on U.S. history. Emphasis is given to key geographical areas, immigration and demographics, process of acculturation and assimilation to mainstream society, the diversity within Latino ethnic and national communities in the U.S., Hispanic literary history and consciousness, biculturalism, the ramifications of the intersection of the different Hispanic cultures and the realities of the past and current presence of Hispanics in the U.S. as first colonizers and special immigrants. METHODS AND INSTRUCTION Lectures, Group Interaction and Discussion, Panel Presentation, Field Component and Research Contributions, Video Analyses. COURSE GOALS 1. Understanding of the major Hispanic groups in the United States. 2. Gain insight into Hispanic cultural influences through historical synthesis, literature review and field research. 3. Develop an informed perspective on the institutions of the Hispanic family. 4. Examination and analysis of issues pertaining to class, gender, ethnicity, immigration, and race. 5. Gain better understanding of the realities, which surround the Latino people’s search for individual and group identity, the challenges of living in two cultures and bilingual self-expression. 6. Rising of personal consciousness and social responsibility regarding the pressures of biculturalism and assimilation in U.S. society. 1 7. Expressions of ideas orally and in writing, practice researching, reading and critically evaluating thoughts. EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. Course Syllabus 3/20/03 COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION Class Attendance and Participation Personal participation is an essential component of this course. Attendance at each session, responsibility for the reading, reflective writing, group discussion and presentations are of integral importance. If absence is unavoidable, please send an email message or explanation. Missed assignments will need to be arranged. Assignments We will discuss requirements and evaluation of all assignments in class. Procedures and criteria for the following expected assignments are provided to you in writing responsive papers from various assigned reading materials, discussions, in class reaction essays or discussions, grouppanel presentations, research paper and presentation, field experience sharing and final exam essay. Evaluation Attendance 15 points 5% Quizzes 15 points 5% Daily Participation and Discussion 30 points 10% Responsive Papers 30 points 10% In-Class Reaction Essays/Discussion 15 points 5% Group Panel Presentation 60 points 20% Research Paper and Field Component 60 points 20% Essay Exam 75 points 25% Grading Scale A 285-300 B- 245-254 A- 275-284 C+ 238-244 B+ 265-274 C 225-230 B 255-264 C- 225-230 All assignments are due by the end of the last session. There will be no “incomplete” grading for this course. Points will be automatically deducted for late assignments. Quizzes Each class could have a quiz that will be either multiple choice or true and false. These quizzes are designed to be self-corrected, and to be used as a learning tool to gauge your own interpretation and perspective on facts regarding Hispanics and their impact on our society in general in the United States. The quizzes may be a beginning point of reference for opening class discussion.2 EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. Course Syllabus 3/20/03 REQUIRED TEXTS Fernández, R. (Ed.) In other words: Literature by Latinas of the United States. Houston, TX: Arte Público Press, 1994. Novas, Himilce. Everything You Need to Know About Latino History. Rev. Ed. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. – Plume, 1998. Suggested Reading and Research Sources (Aquinas Library Reserve) Fernández-Shaw, C.M. The Hispanic Presence in North America from 1492 to Present. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1987. 3 Kanellos, N. Reference Library of Hispanic America (Vol I, II, and III). Detroit, MI: Gale Research, Inc., 1993. EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. Course Syllabus 3/20/03 COURSE SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS March 20 Introductions, Organization, Expectations and Requirements Course Overview March 27 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Forward, Preface and Introduction Part I: Poetry Esteves (pg.90), Gil (pg. 102), 1 Mexican/Chicana Poet Part II: Essay Gloria Anzaldua (pg. 266) Latino History: Introduction, Chapters One and Two Due: Responsive Paper and Sharing April 3 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Part I: Poetry Hospital (pg. 108), Mattei (pg. 132), I Mexican/Chicana Poet Part II: Essay Roberta Fernández (pg. 282) Part III: Fiction 1 story of your choice Latino History: Chapter Three Due: Responsive Paper and Sharing Due: Panel Presentations – Groups 1 and 2, Part One April 10 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Part I: Poetry Espaillat (pg. 80), Villanueva (pg. 248), 1 Mexican/Chicana Poet Part II: Essay Cherrie Moraga (pg. 300) Part III: Fiction 1 story of your choice Latino History: Chapters Four and Five Due: Responsive Paper and SharingDue: Panel Presentations – Groups 3 and 4, Part One4 EN/SY 367/767 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. Course Syllabus 3/20/03 April 17 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Part I: Poetry Vando (pg. 192), Vicuna (pg. 220), 1 Mexican/Chicana Poet Part II: Essay Judith Ortiz Cofer (pg. 308) Latino History: Chapter Six Due: Responsive Paper and Sharing Due: Panel Presentation – Group 1 and 2, Part Two April 24 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Part I: Poetry Agostin (pg. 14), Iturralde (pg. 116), 1 Mexican/Chicana Poet Part I: Poetry Mitchell (pg. 204), Umpierre (pg. 184), 1 Mexican/Chicana Poet Part III: Fiction Nicholasa Mohr “Happy Birthday” (pg. 450) Latino History: Chapter Seven Due: Responsive Paper and Sharing Due: Panel Presentation – Group 3 and 4, Part Two May 1 ASSIGNMENT In Other Words: Part III: Fiction Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Monologue of the Spanish


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