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.