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Fall 2022 Courses
Core Courses:

Minors must take 2 core courses (6 credit hours). The following are available this Fall:

HUM 252-6/7 / LAXC 252: Global Cultures: Latin America/Introduction to LAXC

Kristen McCleary | MWF, 10:2011:10am(Section 6) | MWF, 11:30am12:20pm (Section 7, cross-listed with LAXC 252)

HUM 252 Global Cultures focuses on cultural expressions and change over time ofthe Americas from conquest to the present day. This course will be constructed aroundthree days(Columbus Day, Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, and the feast day for the Día de la Virgen /Our Lady of Guadalupe). Themes included in our explorations of these days include change overtime, history ‘from below,’ or social history, history and public space, power relations, syncretism,mestizaje, rituals, transculturation, gender, rural and urban cultures. We look at both popular andelite expressions of popular culture to underscore the strong social class divisions in the region thatgive rise to competing visions of national identity. We look at the blending of cultures that arise outof Indigenous, African, and European in the Americas. We consider the Americas as a geographyboth with and without national political borders.

POSC 350: Latin American Politics

Charles Blake | TMW, 9:3510:50am 

How does serious economic inequality affect politics? How do countries go about thetask of defining andsecuring basic liberties? How do governments identify & frame societalproblems and then work toward improving societal conditions related to those problems? What arethe dynamics of political representation & policy reform? How do political leaders & activistscultivate support for their policy agendas? When is democracy more likely than dictatorship? This course will examine these and other issues while providing students with a working knowledge ofthe Latin American political landscape. While we will deal directly with seven countries, studentsare encouraged to conduct research on any country(ies) in the region of particular interest to them.

SPAN 308: Latin American Cultures

Tomás Regalado-López | MW 3:25-4:30pm 

A study of the geographical, historical,and cultural development of Latin Americafrom pre-Columbian times to the present. Instruction is in Spanish.

Elective Courses:

Minors must complete 4 electives. The following are available this Spring:

EDUC 310: Teaching in a Diverse Society

Kris Wiley | TTh, 9:3510:50am 
Diana Meza | TTh, 11:10am12:15pm
Ruthie Bosch | MW, 1:503:05pm 
Ruthie Bosch | WF, 9:3510:50am

This course will examine how personal and professional values, attitudes, beliefsand behaviors affect teaching and learning. The preservice teachers will develop an understanding of similar and unique characteristics of 6-12 students, including culture, heritage, language, and learning abilities.

ENG 368/LAXC 495: Women’s Literature: Latin American and Latinx Women Writers

María José Delgadillo | MW, 1:503:05pm

This course is an exploration of literature written by Latin American and Latinx women writers.

HIST 302: Plazas, Protests and Processions: An Urban History of the Americas

Kristen McCleary | MW, 1:503:05pm

There is no group of people in the world more urban-minded than Latin Americans. Historically, cities in this region played an all-encompassing role that included administration as well as the reproduction of capital and responsibility for virtually all cultural activities. This class explores that history alongside plans for further urban development, cultural activities and architectural design.

HIST 307: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

William Van Norman | MWF, 12:401:30pm

This course explores the origins, processes and outcomes of the infamous trade. By studying participants’ lives in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America, the course helps students understand people’s inhumanity to each other and the ways in which slavery and the trade in enslaved Africans forever altered the development of the Atlantic world.

LAXC 299: Internship in Latin American, Latinx, andCaribbean Studies

Kristin Wylie | TBA 

Latin America and the Caribbean were the first and largest parts of the Western Hemisphere to be populated by Africans. Afro-Latin America examines cultural formations Africans brought to these regions. Beginning with an overview of the slave trade, it examines the histories of Africans and African-descent peoples throughout Latin America, as well as contemporary Afro-Latin American culture(s).

POSC 378: Borderlands Policy: Latina/o/x Politics in Context

Rachel Torres | MW, 3:254:40pm

This course is centered on the policies surround the U.S. and Mexico border, as well as focuses on the effect these policies have had on Latina/o/x populations. Students will examine peer-reviewed studies of public opinion, voter turnout, and campaign tactics, as well as readpersonal accounts of immigrant experiences. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of how border policy has historically evolved and how the growing Latino/a/xpopulations has and continues to mobilize in reaction.

SOCI 318: Sociology of Immigration

David Trouille | TTh, 2:203:35pm

This course explores the patterns and processes defining immigration around theworld: the reasons for migration, the types of migration, and the way it affects the sending and receiving societies. The course investigates the social forces that affect immigrants and the traits that impact their relocation experience; and how immigration creates new identities for those successful in their quest, contributing to greater cultural diversity of receiving societies.

SPAN 365: Spanish for Health ProfessionalI

Diana Galarreta-Aima | TTh, 11:10am12:15pm

This course focuses on the basic Spanish language and vocabulary required in the fields of medicine and health sciences. Students practice their oral Spanish skills in various simulated medical situations in preparation for future professional application in the medical environment.

SPAN 375: Spanish for Health ProfessionalsII

Diana Galarreta-Aima | TTh, 12:452:00pm

This course provides future medical professionals with further practice in Spanish in the medical context. Students learn advanced medical vocabulary and anatomical terminology, develop their reading comprehension skills,and acquire greater fluency through student presentations and classroom discussions on the latest medical techniques and advances.

SPAN 385: Latin American Short Story

Tomás Regalado | MW, 5:006:15pm

Reading and analysis of representative short stories from Latin America. Student reports on selected authors. Instruction is in Spanish.

SPAN 404: Spanish in the US

Jennifer Lang-Rigal | TTh, 2:203:35pm

This course will study the present situation of Spanish in the United States, how Spanish has been shaped by social forces in the US and how Spanish, in turn, shapes these forces. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: SPAN 320 or 321 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 476: Culture and Medicine in Latin America

Diana Galarreta-Aima | TTh, 2:203:35pm

This course enables students to acquire greater linguistic proficiency and cultural competence in the medical context through classroom discussions and reading comprehension. Students analyze how different kinds of inequalities (e.g., gender, racial, economic, etc.) affect health care in Latin American countries; examine popular and religious beliefs applied to medicine in Latin America; and research a medical challenge or success in a specific Latin American or Caribbean country.

SPAN 485: Business and Society in Latin America

Verónica Haun | MW, 9:3510:50am

This course explores the development of Latin American society in business and economic contexts and investigates areas such as importation and exportation, the health and education systems, banking and financial institutions, agriculture, and the textile, fashion, wine, motion picture, music, and media industries.

SPAN 492: Latinx Community Engagement

Karina Kline-Gabel | MWF, 11:45am12:45pm

This course gives students the opportunity to collaborate with the local Spanish-speaking community through semester placements in schools or service agencies. Students will develop a better understanding of the Hispanic culture as well as immigration issues affecting the community.

 

Note: Students must take coursework in at least three disciplines.

Course Directives:

Courses count for credit with permission of LAXC adviser. Contact Dr. Becca Howes-Mischel (howesmre@jmu.edu) for a course directive. The following are available this Spring:

ANTH 376: Anthropology of Reproduction

Becca Howes-Mischel | TTh, 11:10am12:25pm

This course provides students with a critical and cross-cultural perspective on human reproduction. Examining how individuals draw on social and symbolic resources to sort out complicated private decisions, we will discuss how reproductive experiences are embedded in local, national and transnational politics. Topics covered may include: cross-cultural perspectives on childbearing and childlessness, kinship, and the globalization of new reproductive technologies suchas in vitro fertilization.

ENG 367: Latinx Literature

Allison Fagan | MW, 1:503:05pm

Explore the stories of contemporary U.S. Latinx writers who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America. In addition to considering how race, nation, and ethnicity shape our understandings of Latina/o/x identity, we will also discuss the influencing forces of gender, sexuality, religion, class, and language.

HON 300: Global Environment Studies and Perspectives

Felix Wang and Ángel A Garcia Jr | TTh, 2:403:35pm

Through a holistic framework, the course will explore how social, cultural, political, and economic processes could impact environment local and global scale. Students will learn and interact with students and faculty from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Colombia using the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) model as a mechanism for communication. Students will design a final project focused on sustainability and social entrepreneurship in collaboration with COIL-peers.

JUST 328: Race, Class, and Justice

Graciela Pérez | MWF, 12:401:30pm

This course provides studentswith an overview of contemporary justice issues in acomparative perspective. It includes an introduction to case-studies, comparative research methodsand cross-national comparisons of justice issues concerning race and class.

JUST 355: Solutions to Global Poverty

Daniel Beers | W, 4:106:40pm

This course will analyze the root causes of global poverty and critically examine arange of approaches designed to improve conditions for the worlds poor. Topics include nutrition and agriculture, healthcare, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, environmental management, and microfinance. Throughout the course, students will read policy documents, work with poverty-related data and analyze a variety of real-world case studies to illustrate key ideas.

JUST 357: Environmental Justice

Case Watkins | TTh, 2:203:35pm

This course provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental justice. Emphasizing how contemporary environmental issues are profoundly rooted in social, political, and economic conditions, students will apply principles and conceptions of justice to ecological challenges and sustainability efforts in local, national, and global contexts.

POSC 341: Social Movements in the US & Abroad

Kristin Wylie | MW, 3:254:40pm

In this course we will comparatively analyze the origins, modes of action, and impact of movements centered on four issues: race, gender, immigration, and sexuality. We will make comparisons between the civil rights & BLM movements in the United States and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa; women’s movements in the United States, Brazil, & Chile; immigrant rights movements in the United States & Europe; and LGBTQ+ movements in the United States and the global South. The goal of this comparative enterprise is to examine intersectionally how different socioeconomic and political contexts shape social movements based on common issues. We will emphasize how social movements emerge and function within and alongside existing structures of formal politics.

POSC 351-2: Topics in American Politics: Latina/o/x Politics

Rachel Torres | MW, 1:503:05pm

Description TBA.

POSC 371-1: Topics in Comparative Politics: Black Politics

Jaimee Swift | MWF, 11:3012:20pm

Description TBA.

POSC 371-2: Topics in Comparative Politics: Global Black Feminist Politics

Jaimee Swift | MW, 1:503:05pm

This course explores how anti-Blackness, racialization, transphobia, misogynoir,violence, and more impact the everyday lives of Blackwomen and gender expansive communitiesfrom a transnational Black feminist lens. We will explore how racialized, gendered, and sexualizedhierarchies manifest themselves in various country and societal contexts, and how these hierarchieshistorically and contemporarily shape the socio-political and cultural exclusion of Black women andgender expansive communities. In centering Black feminist politics, we will investigate how Blackwomen and gender expansive people globally are resisting state and structural exclusion fromintersectional perspectives. Countries of exploration include Australia, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, SouthAfrica, Uganda, Ghana, the United States, and more.

*To request that a course listed under course directives count toward your LAXCelectiverequirements, contact Dr. Howes-Mischel(howesmre@jmu.edu).

Summer 2022

Maymester: 

  • SPAN 308: Latin American Cultures
  • SPAN 415: Latin American Novel

June Session: 

  • SPAN 475: Spanish for Medical Professionals II

 

The following are potential study abroad opportunities for LAXC credit:

Study abroad in Argentina:  

  • HIST 341: Selected Themes in World History: Argentine Politics and Society
  • POSC 350: Latin American Politics
  • POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics: Argentine Politics and Society
  • SPAN 446: Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Argentine Literature
  • SPAN 447: Special Topics in Spanish Civilization and Culture: Argentine Politics and Society

Study abroad in Salamanca

  • SPAN 365S: Medical Spanish
  • SPAN 385S: Latin American Drama and Short Stories

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