CCOG for CHLA 202 Summer 2024

Course Number:
CHLA 202
Course Title:
Intro to Chicanx/Latinx Studies: Contemporary Issues
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Course Description

Introduces Chicanx/Latinx social, political, and economic status in the United States. Includes an examination of the political and economic structure, organization and U.S. society, and the status and class position of various Chicanx/Latinx groups. Also includes a demographic profile and overview of current social issues. CHLA courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

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

  1. Articulate specific knowledge of the contemporary experiences of Chicanx/Latinx people within the legal, political, cultural, and social structures in the U.S. and Latin America.

  2. Describe the contemporary experiences of Chicanx/Latinx people in relation to the development of the United States as a nation and the role this plays on the continuing racialization of this population.

  3. Describe contemporary global dynamics as they relate to Latin American social and economic development and immigration, particularly along the U.S. Mexican border.

  4. Analyze using an intersectional lens the contemporary experiences of Chicanas and Latinas by exploring the relationship between political power and gender oppression.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

CHLA courses, or Chicanx/Latinx Studies, promote the philosophy of General Education at PCC with intention and responsibility. For all PCC students, both those who identify as Chicanx/Latinx and those who do not, PCC’s CHLA courses provide foundational yet systemically underrepresented perspectives on the diverse, vibrant, and vitally important Chicanx/Latinx cultures of the western hemisphere. Students in CHLA courses will engage critical inquiry and self‐reflection, cultivate a more complex understanding of their own culture(s) in relation to others, and expand their understanding of ethical and responsible participation in complex and diverse societies. As a sequence of introductory courses in an interdisciplinary field, CHLA courses provide students opportunities to conceptually organize experiences in relation to each other and in relation to the diversity of Indigenous and settler‐colonial experiences. This enables students to complexify their understandings of themselves in relation to their local and global environments. CHLA courses involve both qualitative and quantitative reasoning, as well as Chicanx/Latinx folk arts, fine arts, and questions of aesthetic and artistic invention. The comparative approach taken in CHLA courses can enable and empower students to discern meaning from their experiences in relation to others. PCC’s CHLA courses provide unique and essential learning opportunities for PCC students, and they represent both the spirit and the practice of a strong General Education program.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by means of lecture, discussion, and demonstrations. 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;
  • Reading journal;
  • Attendance at assigned films, plays, and/or presentations by speakers.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Citizens and Residents
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Neighborhood, Power, and Influence
  • Gangs and Status
  • Politics and Work
  • Work and Status
  • Poverty and Riches
  • Caste and Class among Chicanx/Latinx Peoples
  • Assimilation and Recent Migrants
  • The New Hispanics – Part II

Competencies and Skills
Students will demonstrate the ability to:

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