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Professor Ortiz-Minaya's OER for PRLS1001

PRLS 1001 Introduction to Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Course Description

Official Course Bulletin Description:
Survey and theoretical foundations in Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies. Case study on Puerto Rico. Pertinent themes in Puerto Rican and Latin@ history, culture, literature, contemporary society, and politics. Impact of the United States? economic policies on Puerto Rico and the causes of Puerto Rican and LatinX migration to New York City and urban centers. Satisfies Pathways Flexible Core US Experience in Its Diversity requirement. 
3 hours; 3 credits

This is an inter— and trans-disciplinary course which has two main objectives. The first is to critically introduce students to the theoretical foundations in Puerto Rican and Latinx Studies, both broadly defined. While the course places Puerto Rico as the central focus and as a case study of the class, corresponding spaces within the Spanish Caribbean will also be placed into analysis in order to examine the pertinent and current themes in Puerto Rican and Latinx history, culture, literature, and politics. Specific focus will be placed on the impact of the complex relationship of Puerto Rico with the United States since 1898 related but not limited to the economic, cultural, psychological, and political impacts on the Puerto Rican people both on the island and within the Union. In addition, the investigation will explore the multi-faceted causes of Puerto Rican and Latinx migration to New York City and urban spaces in the U.S.

Within the current world-economy and specifically within the context of the Caribbean basin, the island of Puerto Rico finds itself in a very unique position given its current economic realities and crisis yet, it represents direct U.S. foreign policy within the Spanish Caribbean. For this reason, the class will also critically examine the current situation of Puerto Rico as a way to understand the island’s history pre and post 1898.

However, it is only possible [in 15 weeks] to cover a limited surface/amount of complicated and rich history and multiple research agendas on the complex relationship between Borikén, Latin America, broadly defined, and the United States.

The second goal is to improve your skills in critical reading and writing. You will work on understanding and interpreting the materials throughout the course. Paper assignments and essay exams will provide opportunities to develop your OWN interpretations systematically and polish your writing skills.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. PRLS MAJOR—Students will:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of race, ethnicity, class, gender, (im)migration, diaspora, national origin, intra- and inter-group dynamics, religion, language, and/or sexuality regarding Latinxs, Caribbeans, and/or Latin Americans, inclusive of Afro-Latinx and indigenous populations.
    2. identify the inter-/multi-disciplinary foundations and theoretical frameworks in the fields of Puerto Rican and Latinx Studies, Caribbean Studies, and/or Latin American Studies.
    3. design a plan of action, research project, or creative work focusing on advocacy and leadership involving issues of equity and social justice vis a vis Puerto Rican/Latinx communities, the Caribbean and/or Latin America, inclusive of Afro-Latinx and indigenous populations pertaining thereto.
    4. apply their knowledge of PRLS in a professional/public setting by participating in internships/working collaboratively with community-based organizations or others to organize and/or participate in activities (e.g. workshops, professional conferences, symposia, study abroad, and/or cultural events/institutions).

Professor

Professor Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya

  • Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, Ph.D.
  • r.ortiz-minaya@brooklyn.cuny.edu
  • 718-951-5561 Ext. 3605
  • Office: 1208B Boylan Hall
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm.

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