Preview Workflow

Viewing: LALS 424 C2: Latinx Comm & Soc Change

Last approved: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:50:28 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:16:08 GMT

First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Catherine Bartch bartch LIMITED SERVICE (E) School of Arts and Sciences Latin American and Latino Studies
Fall 2019 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Latinx Comm & Soc Change
The purpose of this course to create a Latino Studies/Service Learning ABCS course that cultivates dialogue and knowledge about the social, political, cultural and historical complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States (Philadelphia in particular) and the roles Latinx CBO's play in meeting the needs of Latinx communities and in impacting social change.
Every Other Term

Foundational Approach

Course usually offered in Fall term
Cultural Diversity in the US
Johnny Irizarry
Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
This is one of the core classes focused on Latinx studies and counts toward the LALS major requirement of taking a class related to the Latinx diaspora in the United States
Through class readings, review of existing data and research; class discussions, journaling, individual and group learning exercises and assignments and site specific intentional and meaningful volunteering and community based interactions; as well as classroom based student experiential dialogic learning, students will explore and learn about the following topics:
Students will obtain a foundation understanding of origins, historical, political and social push factors that establish presence of Latinx communities in the United States
􏰀 Students will gain general knowledge about Latinx communities contributions nationally
􏰀 Students will explore issues that impact the Latinx communities in Philadelphia and nationally
􏰀 Students will develop more-in-depth knowledge about one issue in particular that impacts a
local Latino community through the work of a Latino serving organization in the City of Philadelphia (addressing issues such as: immigration, health, education, employment, youth, violence and safety, rehabilitation, juvenile justice, housing security, economic development/businesses, elders’ services, disabilities, gender equity, the arts and culture, etc...)
􏰀 Students in the class will work in cohorts of two or more. Learn from and provide support to one organization throughout the semester, learning about the issues the CBO is working on. Student cohorts will concentrate on one particular issue/project. The class as a whole will explore the issue/s and think about one possible actionable, tactical response that would support/enhance the existing CBO’s strategies already used to address that particular issue in
their community. Each Cohort will work with the CBO to achieve that goal through a project. 􏰀 Students will gain meaningful insight, and be able to facilitate an in-depth dialogue with their peers on the community and organization they worked with. They will be able to clearly describe the specific issue/program/project they explored and worked on throughout the semester and convincingly present to their peers or others (founders, donors, CBO Board of Directors and/or staff) at least one actionable, tactical response they recommend to the CBO to
enhance delivery, implementation and evaluation of that program.

Methods of Assessment

There 12 papers required. There is two short writing assignments that describes the student's specific role in a cohort. There are 8 journal entries where the student will write, or at times produce artistic work, related to their service. There is one final paper that is longer (6 pages)
There is one midterm. It is an in-class exercise and on-the-field report.
Service learning component with a local Latinx community-based organization. This is an academically-based community service course.

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

It emphasized race/ethnicity and immigrant status, but it also explores social class, gender, and sexual orientation.
The course examines social, economic, politics, cultural and historical experiences of the Latinx communities in the United States, comparatively studying members of the Latinx diaspora in the U.S. that may have originated from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and other countries in Latin America.
This course will explore the historical development of Latinx “spaces”, "El Barrio" and “institutions” as culturally grounded localities in Philadelphia and across major cities in the United States to provide context to Latinx community founded institutions. The class also uses the term "Latinx" to refer to people of “Hispanic” Latin American, Caribbean heritage (of any generation) born, raised or whose lived experiences in the United States form their cultural identity. The term Latinx is being used to remove a specific gendered identity and as a collective term for what is an immensely diverse population, racially, ethnically, politically, economically, socially, culturally, gender, sexual preference and linguistically. Latinx are of all gender identities, ethnicities, religions, spiritual beliefs and practices, philosophical and political perspectives and/or other self-identities not mentioned above. In this sense it examines the intersection between a number of identities.
The course examines some of the larger structures of power that have exacerbated inequality and its impact on the Latinx community over time. Students are also assigned readings in critical theory/pedagogy such as Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed that precisely studies the dialectical relationship between the oppressed and oppressor.
The primary method of analysis includes a research paper that requires students to engage in primary research by interviewing a member/leader of a Latinx community based organization (CBO). The course also requires students to reflect upon their critical reading of the literature and how it relates to their service with their CBO. Students are also supported in creating innovative, artistically-inspired deliverables.

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

Key: 837