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LTL612S Culture: Experiences in U.S.

Lead Faculty: Dr. Jo Birdsell

Course Description

Examines Latino historical and cultural information about 1) geographic and demographic features of countries of origin and immigration and migration patterns within the United States; 2) Latino historical eras, movements, and developments; 3) United States and countries of origin socio-political and socio-cultural features, and 4) diversity within countries of origin and in the United States.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret geographic and demographic features of Latino countries of origin.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret Latino immigration and migration patterns within the United States.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret Latino countries of origin historical eras, movements, and developments and demonstrate understanding of how historical factors effected language and culture.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret, within Latino countries of origin, primary social and political structures, contributions of various groups then interpret how historical developments in the United States have influenced Latino experiences.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret government and legal systems, distribution of political power, educational systems and citizen participation in Latino countries of origin and interpret ways in which systems and structures have influenced Latino experiences in the United States.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret the roles and status of individuals, socialization practices and patterns as well as communicative competence, daily life, folk and oral traditions, visual/performing arts, popular culture in Latino countries of origin compared to cultural practices and traditions in the United States.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret socio-cultural and sociopolitical factors that influence the development of cultural, bicultural, multicultural identity among Latinos in the United States.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify, describe and interpret the contributions of members of the culture of emphasis to the social, economic, intellectual, and political life of the United States.