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

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
CMU 226
Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Syllabus Description:

CHSTU 342 – Working Latinxs
MW 10:30-12:20pm
226 Communications

Professor:       Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky
Appointment:  American Ethnic Studies and Law, Societies & Justice
Office Hrs:      Fridays 1:30-3:30pm in A517 Padelford (see Office Location below)

Course Syllabus

This course examines the relationship between race, gender, nation and work identity in the workplace to examine: What are different formations of the Latinx worker? How is Latinx identity constructed in the workplace? What do working experiences look like? What ideologies explain Latinxs’ 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 Latinxs' work experiences in the U.S.** (See Course Requirements below.)

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.

** Course Requirements can include: 1. Readings (assigned course readings and additional works you will choose to support your course work); 2. Reading responses (6 submissions - 1page each); 3. Analytical essays (2-3pgs each); 4. Group Project (works in progress submitted throughout quarter); 5. Short Research Paper (8pgs); 6. Midterm and Final in-class exams. 


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. Please read the syllabus for more details. 


*Office Location:  Padelford has 3 wings: A, B and C.  The easiest way to find my office is to enter the A-wing of Padelford via the entrance nearest Hall Health. Take the elevator to the 5th floor and turn left when you exit. You'll see my office on the right side, just four office doors past the elevator.

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 - 3:59pm