Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CHLA 203
Course Title:
Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies III
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Course Description

Introduces the cultural heritage of Chicano/Latino people in the United States. Draws on disciplines such as anthropology, folklore, literature, film, and linguistics, folk, and popular culture, and examines the combination and integration of various traditions in Chicano/Latino communities. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is transferable to a four-year institution and is applicable toward an Associate Degree; fulfills Diversity and General Education requirements.
Prerequisites - CHLA 201 and 202 recommended.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of key events and characteristics that distinguish the varied traditional, folk, and popular cultures of Chicano/Latino peoples and use critical thinking in order to evaluate these events and their impact onChicano/Latino peoples.
  2. Recognize the major factors that contributed to changes in the traditional, folk, and popular cultures of Chicano/Latino peoples in order to
    appreciate and evaluate Chicano/Latino diversity.
  3. Employ an understanding of traditions in Chicano/Latino communities as a guide to interact with Chicano/Latino peoples in personal and professional environments.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by means of lecture, discussion, and demonstrations, including participation in community events. Students€™ grades will be determined from a combination of attendance and participation, examinations and quizzes, and projects and service learning.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation of students€™ performance will include a combination of assessments such as:

  • Class discussion and participation;
  • Written assignments;
  • Quizzes;
  • Examinations;
  • Individual and/or group projects;
  • Service learning;
  • Participation in community events;
  • Attendance at assigned films, plays, and/or presentations by speakers.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Folklore
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Linguistics
  • Theater/Drama
  • Folk Culture
  • Popular Culture
  • Traditions
  • Culture and social standing
  • What is community
  • Culture and identity
  • The New Hispanics €“ Part III

Competencies and Skills
Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and describe major cultural events that shape the life of Chicano/Latino peoples in the United States;
  • Assess the impact of education, work, economic and political status, heritage, recency of residence and other societal factors on the culture of Chicano/Latino peoples in the United States;
  • Identify the themes, issues, and contexts that crosscut key events in Chicano/Latino culture and assess their relative importance in shaping the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States;
  • Write and present a short research paper on a cultural issue of importance to Chicano/Latino peoples in the United States;
  • Use appropriate terminology to accurately describe the development of the Chicano/Latino cultural experience in the United States;
  • Identify key cultural historical issues that apply today and assess their impact;
  • Evaluate their participation in Chicano/Latino culture.