courses

CHS 486 – The Chicana/o Family – California State University Dominguez Hills – Fall 2016
This website is the archive of the digital Día de Los Muertos alters created by students in Dr. Perez’s Fall 2016 course in the Chicana/o Studies department.
Course Catalog Description: The course examines family and gender issues as they relate to the Chicanoa/o community in the United States. Topics will include Chicana/o family roles and structure, cultural values, experiences that influence and challenge families, gender roles and expectations.

IDS 336 – Food and Culture: American Appetites – California State University Dominguez Hills – Fall 2016
This website is the digital cookbook constructed by the students in Interdisciplinary Studies 336 in Fall 2016. Course description: This course takes a humanities driven focus and lens to examine our cultural relationship with food and its symbolism in works of literature and film as a means of understanding American culture and its relationship with global cultures.

IDS 330 – Ethnic Representations in Film – California State University Dominguez Hills – Spring 2016
In this course, we will analyze representations of Chicana/Chicano, Latino/Latina, Hispanics in US film and media as a site for cultural and political visibility and discuss how Latina/o actors and filmmakers have worked to challenge and disrupt mainstream stereotypes about our communities. We will examine films, television shows, documentaries and independent work produced or transmitted by mainstream film industries, as well as media and film productions directed, performed and written by Latinos. We will discuss and compare Latin/os produced film and media with other mainstream productions in order to critically engage in the definition Latina/o representations in the United States. Most of our examples will come from the 1950s forward, with special emphasis on the contemporary period. Special attention to Latina/o cinematic constructions in multiple genres, including border films, Westerns, drug trafficking films, urban gang films, immigrant films and the moves from teatro to theater to film.

CHST 332 – Chicana/o Gothic – Loyola Marymount University – Spring 2014
Gothic literature conveys a sense of uncertainty and suspense through bizarre twists, violence, and moral ambivalence. Monsters, madness and abjection are used as a means to “normalize” or discuss the abnormal, the unspeakable. Looking at Chicano/a texts, some recent, some canonical, can we see these techniques being used to explore the social, political, and racial issues of the Chicano/a communities of the United States?

Rhetorical Arts 1000 – Digital Divides – Loyola Marymount – Spring 2015
Writing, Reading, Thinking, Speaking and Socializing in the Age of Digital Media.
In this  class we’ll practice a range of rhetorical genres, from personal essays and thesis-driven arguments to newer kinds of online communication that have a huge influence in public life. Through classroom discussion, writing assignments, and online participatory learning, you will critically explore your personal experiences with digital media, while reading about its history, power structures, and possible futures. Together, we will work through the writing process to develop your ideas on these subjects from fleeting thoughts and opinions into persuasive, thoughtful arguments and analyses

CHST 308 – Contemporary Urban Issues: Brown Los Angeles – Loyola Marymount University – Fall 2012
This semester the course takes an interdisciplinary turn and looks at contemporary urban issues in Los Angeles through the lens of literature and media, studying these as both concrete and virtual spaces. This class will give a sense of the being a Chicana/o and Latina/o and brown in Los Angeles and the issues that continue to resonate across these communities. Our class will create an online archive reflecting this and past moments in Chicano Los Angeles. Students will explore and develop a sense of Los Angeles as a site for Chicana/o and Latina/o identity formation. In addition to developing critical reading and writing skills, students will gain skills related to blogging and social media though their use of and familiarity with WordPress and Twitter.

CHST 302 – Chicanas and Latinas in the US: Girlhood to Womanhood, Coming of Age – Loyola Marymount University – Fall 2012
This course will explore Chicana and Latina coming of age stories through an interdisciplinary reading of fiction, autobiography and other media sources. As a class, we will create an online archive of Chicana / Latina stories. Guest speakers will discuss the process of writing / creating an autobiographic self.

CHST 404: Chicana Feminisms – Loyola Marymount University – Spring 2012
This course focuses on current writings by Chicana feminists in the context of movements by US feminists of color, exploring how Chicana feminism grew out of a resistance to the masculine nationalism as symbolized by late 1960s Aztlán mythology. We will question how this feminism ultimately queered the Aztlán space, reconfiguring nationalism as transnationalism while at the same time communicating with and responding to African American, Asian American and Native American feminisms. Throughout the quarter we will reflect on Latina traditions of feminism inviting inquiry into the different strands of Chicana / Latina feminism and how these manifest themselves both in community political activism and print cultures / textual communities.