US Latinos: Immigration and Culture
(Az amerikai latinok: bevándorlás és kultúra) in autumn 2017
Szabó Éva Eszter
, Thu 16:00–17:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-AME-221
description & set texts
The course will examine the history of Western Hemisphere immigration to the United States and the dominant ethnic groups that represent the most recent waves of mass migration. Students will be introduced to how the correlation between U.S. foreign and immigration policies has led to massive migration flows from the region turning the U.S. into the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and making Latinos the largest minority in the U.S. by 2000. Latinos, however, are far from a homogeneous group. They represent different nationalities, different cultures, and have different histories in the U.S. What they do have in common though is that as a result of their presence the U.S. is once again changing the way it looks at itself.
Shorris, Earl. Latinos. A Biography of the People. New York, NY: Avon Books, 1992; Skidmore, Thomas E., and Peter H. Smith. Modern Latin America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001; Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M., and Mariela M. Páez, eds. Latinos. Remaking America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002; Szabó, Éva Eszter. “The Clash of American Civilizations: The U.S. and the Latino Peril." Americana, Vol. III, No. 1, Spring 2007. Online http://americanaejournal.hu/vol3no1/szabo
; Szabó, Éva Eszter. U.S. Foreign and Immigration Policies in the Caribbean Basin. Szombathely: Savaria University Press, 2007.
requirements & assessment
A presentation, completion of set of readings, text analyses, active participation, and regular attendance (mandatory).
Presentation – Each student is required to do a presentation. The presentation should not exceed 20 minutes altogether. It is to be accompanied by a detailed handout, five quiz questions, and (min. 3) precise references (including Internet sources). The task should be taken as a teaching exercise, i.e., no reading out is tolerated.
Note: Handouts without proper references (MLA) and presentations based on Internet sources of unreliable academic content (e.g. Wikipedia) will be turned down.
Grades will be based on a presentation accompanied by handouts with references (40%), an end-term quiz (40%), completion of homework assignments and active participation (20%).