CHSTU 342 A: Working Latinas And Latinos: Changing Sites Of Identity In Daily Life

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
SMI 105
Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Syllabus Description:

"Working Latinas/os"
105 Smith Hall
Faculty Info:    Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky, Assistant Professor
Appointment:   Dept of American Ethnic Studies & Law, Societies and Justice Program
Office Hrs:       Friday, 1:30-3:30pm in A-517 Padelford* (see note below)


This course examines the relationship between race, gender, nation and work identity in the workplace to examine: What are different formations of the Latina/o worker? How is Latina/o identity constructed in the workplace? What do working experiences look like? What ideologies explain Latinos’ work experiences and the particular sectors in which we find them? What does this tell us about prevailing ideas about gender, race and nation and their relationship to power, hierarchy and marginality? We will also scrutinize the ways in which identities are formed in the process of doing work - as gender(ed) and race(d) bodies. Students will learn about key laws, policies, and programs that have shaped Latinas/os’ work experiences in the U.S.

This is an upper-division course. You are expected to conduct independent research to test course material and grasp a better understanding of it. You should have a basic familiarity with discourses in gender, race and ethnicity and in studies of labor, inequality and globalization or be prepared to read supplementary material that will help with your comprehension of the material.

Students will learn to locate, explain connections and think critically across inequalities, hierarchies and social change. Students will learn to identify and compare concepts, theories and methods, mainly from social science research. Course assignments will encourage students to think analytically, develop coherent arguments as well as improve creative and critical writing.

You are encouraged to share your observations and insights with members of our class. At all times, you must do so in a respectful tone and conscientious manner towards your peers and professor.

*Note:  Padelford has 3 wings: A,B and C. The easiest way to find my office - A517 - is to enter Padelford via the entrance near Hall Health. This is the A wing. Take the elevator to the 5th floor and turn left when you exit. My office is to your right, just four office doors past the elevator."

CHSTU 342_Winter 2016_Syllabus

Catalog Description: 
Sociological examination of Latina/o working lives. Focuses on inequalities and power relations that shape diverse socio-economic working experiences and social change across distinct Latino communities. Covers race and gender consciousness, informal/formal work, labor recruitment, changing contexts of home and family, youth and children's work, entrepreneurship, organizing, and immigration and labor legislation.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
December 7, 2017 - 4:00pm