This is an advanced inter and trans-disciplinary course which has two main objectives. The first is to demonstrate applied research and methodology, through social-historical analysis, to pressing and relevant phenomena of inquiry in Puerto Rican and LatinX Studies. The course is heavily focused on examining pertinent issues as it exists within Puerto Rican and LatinX communities in the United States and in Puerto Rico. Students will engage critical and contextualized analyses within the multi-faceted realities of LatinX population in the United States. The course also seeks to demonstrate the cross-analytical understanding of the various frameworks that can be employed to conduct social analysis (i.e.,, literary, social-historical, and cultural) although the central lens of the course is its social-historical variant.
Puerto Rican and the LatinX population today is in the middle of facing heightened social-economic and political transformation within the nexus of U.S. legislative policy. Since the inception of well over 121 years of US control of Puerto Rico and unwavering immigration of Latin American residents to the United States in search of improved economic conditions, structures of inequality, oppression, and the fusion with processes of racialization form the bedrock of the LatinX reality in the United States. This course seeks to critically problematize the manifestations of such socio-historical processes as embodied within pressing issues within such communities.
However, it is only possible [in 15 weeks] to cover a limited surface/amount of the varied ways to carry out sound and critical research as a means to produce concrete solutions or understanding to reach possible strategies. For this reason, this class only marks an intellectual beginning of your chosen research topic.
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. Intense writing assignments and revisions will provide opportunities to develop your OWN interpretations systematically and polish your analytical and critical thinking skills.
I also encourage you to read, view, and listen to anything you can find that is related to Puerto Rico, LatinXs in the United, Latin America, and the world-economy. Although this is a seminar on research, I expect you to keep up-to-date on current events in Latin America and the world through a daily reading of a major newspaper, such as The New York Times (All CUNY members have free digital access to NY Times. Instructions for signing up for NY Times), and the BBC World News, which is available free of charge on line (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/latin_america/). If you read Spanish or Portuguese, check the Americas edition of El Pais, the main Spanish newspaper: (http://elpais.com/elpais/portada_america.html) or: the Brazilian magazine Veja (http://veja.abril.com.br/).
Learning Goal 1:
This final project builds on the previous methods discussion papers.
Learning Goal 2:
Develop a critical understanding of multiple perspectives to challenge conventional narratives.
Students will understand various research and theoretical frameworks reflecting on their implications and practical consequences for Puerto Rican, Latinx, Caribbean, and/or Latin American Studies.
Learning Goal 3:
Develop an understanding of the dynamics of diversity of research methodology in a globally interdependent and inter-sectional world-economy.
Students will articulate the experiences of Latinx/ Puerto Ricans in a trans-national, trans-historical, and trans-disciplinary context.
This class will be operate following the French model of graduate school pedagogy by which readings will be identified in bi-weekly formats but also contingent and determined by the development of the class discussions and exchanges. However, there will also be theoretical, historical, and methodological literature to frame your ongoing intellectual examination of problems presented as currently plaguing the Puerto Rican and LatinX communities in the United States.
As such, all materials will be posted online and/or provided in advance. This however requires you think out of the box! Do not allow your locating of data and research to be bound by convention. Push the boundaries and critically observe the various ways to conduct social research.
Final Paper Annotated Bibliography (30% of Final Grade)
Due: Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
First part of assignment:
Second part of assignment:
Final Research Paper (40% of Final Grade)
Consists of two parts:
You will be responsible to write a 10-15 RESEARCH paper on your chosen topic which will be due: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the beginning of class and on Blackboard.
You will present your final paper topic twice at the end of the semester.
First time to the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department in the PRLS 5710 Student Research Colloquium and the second time to a broader audience of the Brooklyn College academic community. Dates will be announced in advance.
Attendance/Participation (30% of Final Grade)
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!
Participation grades are based on qualitative assessment of YOUR contribution to class discussions. You are expected to come to class having already read assigned course materials for that week and demonstrate familiarity with assigned readings and critical thinking ability.
You will also have several opportunities to participate in other ways, such as through Blackboard
Readings discuss research methods relevant for Latino, Caribbean, Africana, Ethnic and Native American Studies.
Build your OWN personal library. On your own, seek and read scholarship from: Gloria Anzaldúa, Gineta Candelario, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, María Lugones, Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Cornell West, Barbara Christian and Sylvia Wynter amongst others.
Also, spend critical time reading:
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Unless otherwise noted, Brooklyn College PRLS 5710 Research Seminar in Puerto Rican & LatinX Studies was curated by Professor Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya for Brooklyn College for Spring 2021 and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.