CHSTU 342 A: Working Latinas and Latinos: Changing Sites of Identity in Daily Life

Winter 2020
MW 8:30am - 10:20am / LOW 205
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Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

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CHSTU 342 Working Latinas/os
Mon/Wed 8:30-10:20am
205 Low

Professor:          Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky, Associate Professor
Appointment:  American Ethnic Studies
Office Hrs:        Friday 1-3pm or by individual appointment in A-517 Padelford* (see note at bottom of page for directions)

REVISED Syllabus  (Jan 14, 2020)

What are different formations of the Latinx worker? This course critically examines racializing practices of identity formation and their relationship to capitalist development, politics, exploitation and inequality in the workplace. Our coursework will scrutinize the relationship between prevailing ideas about race, gender nation and culture to examine work experiences in particular sectors in the U.S. labor market and global economy. Students will learn about key laws, policies, and programs shaping work experiences as well as how workers perceive their own value and labor and which inform rights discourse, coalition building and citizenship. A basic familiarity with literature in race, gender, and labor in the fields of sociology, anthropology, ethnography, socio-legal studies, history and geography are helpful, though not required.

Our meetings will analyze course material and incorporate, whenever possible, your perspectives and assessments based on personal experience, observations, material from coursework and independent work of your own.

This is an upper-division course – students should be prepared to:

  1. Complete readings and assess them analytically in class discussions. Lectures will not fully cover readings, but attempt to synthesize key ideas. You should be prepared to read supplementary material that will support your grasp of the material. 
  2. Advance skills in critical writing, in reasoning and in organizing coherent arguments.
  3. Locate, explain connections and think critically across inequalities, hierarchies and social change.
  4. Advance competency in research data collection, theories and methods, mainly from social sciences.
  5. Conduct independent work and research and work on a final research project.

You are encouraged to share your observations and insights with class members. 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 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.

Majoring in American Ethnic Studies:  Many students take AES courses out of interest in the topics or to fulfill general education requirements, yet do not realize how close they are to a major or even a double major. A degree in American Ethnic Studies is excellent preparation for a career in law, education, medicine, public health, social work, counseling, public policy, arts and humanities and many other careers. For more information about the major, please contact: Lorna Hamill, Academic Counselor, (206) 221-0664 or visit

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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 Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
Last updated:
April 11, 2024 - 12:17 pm