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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38060 MW
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
BUR 224

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the interactions of the Hispanic peoples of the United States with political institutions and public policy. The course begins with a political history of Latinos and Latino political movements, and then explores forms of political participation such as voting and community organization. We will discuss Latino representation in different levels of government, as well as policy issues including immigration and education. The class will examine differences and similarities between the three largest Latino-origin groups-Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban-Americans-as well as differences by gender. The class also investigates the subject of identity, namely what it means to be Latino, Hispanic, or Chicano, and whether it is accurate to speak of a united Latino community.

Grading Policy

Midterm: 40% Final: 45% Book Review: 15%


Garcia, F. Chris. 1997. Pursuing Power: Latinos and the Political System. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. Garcia, John. 2003. Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Gutierrez, David. 1995. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press. A variety of other readings will be placed on reserve using the ERes system.


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