This is the capstone seminar for the U.S. Latina/o Studies minor. The aim is to sharpen and complicate your analytical, research, and writing skills by introducing you to the multiple methodologies that define the growing field of Latinx Studies. In consultation with the professor, students will choose a research topic, decide on appropriate theories and methods, collect data, compile a bibliography, analyze results, and write 20-25 pgs. final research paper. As a seminar course this class will emphasize discussion, participation, readings and analysis. You will work closely with students in the class to provide feedback and offer suggestions.
The course is divided into two sections. The first, will introduce you to fundamental theories in Latinx Studies. These include migration, transnationalism, territoriality, race, sexuality, gender, translocality, labor, and diaspora. We will then examine how Latinx Studies scholars have employed methods such as ethnography, oral history, archival research, data collection, textual and content analysis, social documentation, literary criticism, first-person narrative, popular culture, mass media, and visual technologies, etc. to produce effective arguments and research.
The second section will operate as a workshop where we will work together to help you formulate a solid research question, an effective argument and a methodology that best examines, proves, and complicates your thesis. After working with me one-on-one to establish your research question and project, you will be asked to submit drafts of your research paper to be peer-review and discussed in class.
By the end of the course you will:
- Critically interpret and apply Latinx Studies scholarship to your research question.
- Effectively analyze theoretical arguments.
- Compile a bibliography of materials that speak to your research interests.
- Produce research that engages with and contributes to the field of Latinx Studies.
- Cultivate excellent critical thinking skills.
- Improve written and verbal communication skills.