ETHNIC AND WOMENS STUDIES 390 Ethnic Women: Chicanas/Latinas Fall 2011

Instructor: Dr. S. Terri Gómez Class Meetings: MW 2 – 3:50 p.m. Classroom: Bldg. 6, 104 E-mail: Office hours: M 12-2 pm; T 8:30-10:30 am, W 1-2 pm, and by appointment Office room: 94-373 Office phone number: (909) 869-2895

Course Description: This hybrid course focuses on the experiences of Chicanas/Latinas in the United States. The course is organized around three central and over-lapping issues: identity, gender and representation. The problems/issues to be analyzed under identity include labels, borders (historical, linguistic, and cultural) and the forging of a collective, empowering identity. With respect to gender, we examine the social construction of gender roles and deconstruct myths and archetypes. We will also examine the politics of representation and theoretical issues relating to feminism. Throughout the course we will consider examples of resistance and strategies for building alliances. Emphasis will be placed on the history and diversity of Chicana/Latina experience with analytical frameworks that play close attention to how race, class, gender, and sexuality affect the daily lives of Chicanas/Latinas. Course Objectives: 1. To introduce students to feminism and theories of oppression and privilege, particularly with respect to gender, race, class and sexual orientation. 2. To give students an awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of identities among Chicanas/Latinas, and to give students an awareness of their own place within that diversity. 3. To explore the institutional oppression of Chicanas/Latinas in contemporary society. 4. To stimulate critical thinking, reading, writing and discussion about the processes involved in ending oppression. 5. To enhance oral communication and presentation skills. Required Texts: Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza Gabriela F. Arredondo, et al., eds., Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader Dolores Delgado Bernal, et al., eds. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life Josie Mendez-Negrete Las Hijas de Juan: Daughters Betrayed Grading: Class participation and attendance Panel Discussion Journals (8@ 8 points each) On-line activity/discussion board (8@ 4 points) Group Project/Paper Final examination Total possible: Grading Scale: A = 95-100% A- = 90-94% B+ = 88-89 % B = 84-87% BC+ C C30 points 10 points 64 points 32 points 70 points 100 points 306 points = 80-83% = 78-79% = 74-77% = 70-73% D+ D DF = 68-69% = 64-67% = 60-63% = 0-59%

If deemed necessary. Bring your analysis and critical questions for discussion. Merely being present in class will not help your overall grade. discussing. Your goal for the panel discussion should be to identify the major points of the reading and to provide questions and points for discussion. You will each be awarded a maximum of 10 points for your panel leadership. A degree in GEMS strengthens a student’s preparation for entry into a variety of occupational fields: teaching. Journal: You have been assigned 8 journals. You are required to respond to all of the assigned material from each text assigned for the week. Participation & attendance: This course is a seminar. The minimum requirement is 3 typed. social work. urban and regional planning. Chicano/Latino. But dialogue can only be created if we have a discourse community. business. each worth 8 points for a total of 64 possible points. a minor. that you bring points of discussion to share with fellow classmates. debating.ceis. i. things you appreciated about the article. recreation. Panel Discussion: During the quarter. management. yet they may not realize how close they are to a Gender. or even a double major. and interpret the concepts. not a lecture class. and critically deconstructing the same texts. . analyze. AND MULTICULTURAL STUDIES (GEMS) AT CAL POLY POMONA Students often take classes in Ethnic and Women’s Studies (EWS) out of interest or to fulfill a GE requirement. ETHNICITY.e. about the course material and the issues raised therein. a critical assessment of the ideas presented in the article. please contact the Chair of the EWS Department at (909) 869-2080 or see our website at www. Participation is a very important factor in getting the most out of this class and out of your education. a discussion of how the article relates to larger questions or themes we’ve studied. etc. what you find compelling. a group of people reading. double-spaced reflection on the themes and ideas of the weekly course readings. confusing. unannounced quizzes will be administered for course credit. If you would like additional information about the GEMS major or minor at Cal Poly Pomona. A powerpoint presentation may help facilitate your discussion. Record your reactions. your group should bring the following: your own questions. 30 points possible for participation/attendance. Find a way to be heard! Participation means asking questions.MAJORING OR MINORING IN GENDER. thinking and writing about. Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies (GEMS) major. Women and Multicultural Leadership provide all career majors with a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to assessing political and social dynamics in an increasing complex society. Native American.. you will receive a failing grade for this community organizing. Most important is that you work with the ideas and begin to formulate your own critical voice and analysis of the readings. This assignment requires your thoughtful and critical engagement with the readings in a weekly journal. frustrating or liberating. Arriving more than 10 minutes late = absence. Attendance is mandatory. as a class. You should get together with your co-facilitator(s) to plan your approach. Asian American. two (2) unexcused absences will result in an "F" for participation. counseling. To facilitate discussion. critiques. but rather. This includes a brief summary of the main arguments and ideas in the reading and more importantly. or how it relates to other authors’ arguments and/or ideas. Everyone is strongly encouraged to speak out and contribute to discussions. teams of 3-4 students will serve as discussion facilitators in charge of presenting and leading in-depth discussion of the readings for the day. GEMS minors in African American. Reading for the week should be completed before class each Monday. assumptions and implications of the reading. that we will engage in a dialogue.csupomona. This will provide an opportunity for each of you to think about whether and how the course material is related to your own experience. sharing experiences and challenging ideas put forward by anyone in the class. This means that I won’t be talking at you and watching you take notes. If you merely summarize the readings. and the media. It is assumed that students will have completed all assigned readings prior to arriving in class and will be fully prepared to discuss. ideas. law.

The instructions for each on-line assignment are posted on Blackboard under the “On-line Activities” tab.).m. 2) post at least a paragraph or two response on the Blackboard Discussion Board linking to the course reading for that week. You will be graded on the organization of your overall presentation. sexuality. The field of Chicana/Latina scholarship is an exploding field. therefore. 1) You will work on a research topic in a group of your peers. music. Each weekly on-line assignment is worth a total of 4 points. labor. (b) collating. You are also encouraged to use a variety of media in your presentation and to be as creative as you want to be. The Group presentations will take place Week 8 – on both Monday and Wednesday. environmental racism. health. articles. Policy on Late Work: Late assignments without valid reason will normally be penalized. Do not email journals.m. life rituals.Journals are due weekly. immigration. film. literature. and community organizing to name a few. as well as go beyond these readings and use other sources (books. and will not be accepted unless you speak with me beforehand. A written proposal is due on Monday. You are expected to make use of material from your assigned readings. If the professor concludes you have engaged in plagiarism. Cheating and plagiarism will result in an automatic fail for the respective assignment and the student may be reported for disciplinary action. (b) actively participating in the analysis. and 3) respond to two of your classmates responses. Internet etc. You can complete the on-line assignments at your leisure during the week. queer studies. theater. you are responsible for (a) contributing data to the group. No late journals will be accepted. October 19 and November 16. There are three parts to the on-line session: 1) view a website/film/video. The final will be handed out in class week 10. Group Project: During the first weeks of class. popular culture. The final is mandatory and is worth 100 points. you will be required to research the published writing and scholarship on your chosen topic or area of research. On-Line Assignment: This course is a hybrid course which means we will meet in person on Mondays and will have on-line assignments in lieu of most Wednesday face to face meetings. Plagiarism includes the purchasing and submission of purchased term papers. and a group class presentation. the Chicana/o movement. synthesis and group presentation. education. The University considers plagiarism a serious academic offense. poetry. Documentation will be required. politics. education. Your group will be responsible for (a) collecting data. October 12. which subjects those engaging in the practice to severe disciplinary measures. I will ask you to sign up for a Group Project worth a maximum of 70 points. the quality of collaboration and the thoroughness of your presentation and paper. An annotated bibliography (with at least four entries per student and only one web source per student – you must go to the library and conduct research for this project) is due October 24h. You are. you will receive an “F” on the assignment as well as in the course. October 10th. For example. performance art. There are a total of 8 weekly on-line activities worth a maximum of 32 points. There will be a few Wednesdays when we will need to meet face-to-face: September 28. analyzing and synthesizing data (c) presenting findings to the class in a power point presentation and handout. Final Examination: The final examination will be a comprehensive take-home essay assignment approximately 10-12 typed pages in length. you can explore Chicana/Latina scholarship on topics such as: globalization. As a group (3-4 students). Academic Integrity: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly. 2) As an individual member of your group. and a detailed Group outline is due November 2nd. and present your findings both in a collective research paper. cautioned against all . but no later than Saturday at 11:30 p. and (c) writing a 4-5 page essay on one specific area of your group’s topic. Topics must be approved by the instructor beforehand. on line through Blackboard by Monday at 1:00 p.

Online activity by Saturday 11: 30 pm Week 3 (Oct 10. provide constructive critiques and comments. University Writing. and views. Online Activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Library Research workshop Oct. texting or social networking during class. Introduction Chicana Feminisms: Introduction Due: Online Activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Week 2 (Oct 3. 10 . 28) INTRODUCTION: Organization of the course. 3) Do not read newspapers or outside class materials when class is in session.csupomona. For further information on cheating and plagiarism. If I see that you are working on outside materials you will automatically receive a zero for the week’s participation grade. be willing to learn and challenge yourself to new ideas.forms of plagiarism. Poem “I am”. Paraphrasing and Citing Sources”: http://www. “Understanding Plagiarism. “What is Plagiarism”: “http://www. 26) PATRIARCHY.htm in Library Room 2907 Mandatory Wednesday class meeting: discussion of reading for the week Week 4 (Oct 17. 6. requirements & expectations Borderlands: Preface. 12) SHIFTING BORDERS/SHIFTING IDENTITIES: continued Chicana Feminisms: Chapter 2 and Response Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Intro to Part I. please read the following classroom community rules must be followed: 1) HATE SPEECH WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.pdf Classroom Community Rules: Learning is an active process that involves attending class.csupomona. reading the assigned essays. and how to appropriately cite sources go to: 1. 5) SHIFTING BORDERS/SHIFTING IDENTITIES: Acts of Domination/Acts of Resistance Borderlands: Chapter 1. FAMILY AND THE POLITICS OF VIOLENCE Las Hijas de Juan: all . To ensure that we create a comfortable academic environment and to respect different views. Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Online activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Mandatory Wednesday class meeting: Harriet Washington in URSA Major 2 pm Week 5 (Oct 24. If you have something to say. 19) CHICANA AESTHETICS AND THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION Chicana Feminisms: Chapter 4. 4) Lastly. Course Schedule/Reading Assignments: The reading assignments/topics will be revised & adjusted slightly as we proceed through the quarter. Group Project Chapter 1. 2 and 5 Chicana Feminisms: Chapter 1 and Response Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Chapter 9 and 11 Due: Journal #1. Week 1 (Sept 26. and equally important dialoguing with each other. and 3 Due: Journal #2. 2) Cell phones must be switched to off. perspectives. opinions. 8 and 9 and Responses Due: Journal

7. 5. “World Traveling and Loving Perception” (available under course documents) Due: Journal # 8 Final Exam Due: Due Monday. 15. 14. SPIRIT AND BODY: Chicana Sexualities & IDs Chicana Feminisms: Chapters 5 and 7 and Responses Chicana/Latina Education: Chapter 4 Due: Journal #6.Due: Journal # 4. December 5th no later than 2 p. . online activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Week 6 (Oct 31. Detailed Group Outline. Annotated Group Bibliography due. online activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Week 7 (Nov 7. 6. 4.m. 9) DECOLONIZING MIND. 30) BORDERLAND EPISTEMOLOGIES and PEDAGOGIES Chicana/Latina Education: Part IV (Intro. online activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Week 8 (Nov 14. Online activity by Saturday 11:30 pm Week 10 (Nov 28. 23) REVISIONIST MYTHMAKING and Mestiza Consiousness Borderlands: Chapters 3. and 8) Due: Journal #5. 16): Group Projects (both Monday and Wednesday) Due: Group Research papers Mandatory Wednesday class meeting: group presentations Week 9 (Nov 21. 13. Chap. 6 and 7 Due: Journal #7. 16) Lugones. Nov 2) CHICANA EDUCATIONAL RESISTANCE: Pedagogies of the Home Chicana/Latina Education: (Part II Intro.

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