General Course Information for LTL612S: Culture: Experiences in U.S.

Course: LTL612S - Culture: Experiences in U.S.
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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.
Course 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.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using a variety of resources and processes to identify, describe and interpret geographic, demographic, sociopolitical, and socio-cultural events and contexts for Latinos in their countries of origin and in the United States

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures