My House is Your House: Understanding Hispanic Cultures

How can we define the cultural and ethnic heritage of someone who speaks Spanish? What do race labels such as Spanish, Latino, Hispano, Mestizo, Chicano, Nuyorican and Americano really mean? Are Spanish speakers white, black, brown, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and/or something else? This course provides an overview of the origins and evolution of Spanish-speaking cultures by examining many of the forces that helped shape them. Students will explore the histories, cultural products and belief systems of Spanish speakers from around the world to develop understanding of and appreciation for the rich diversity of Hispanophone cultures. Topics such as colonization, immigration, stereotyping, adaptation and integration will also be addressed throughout the term. Taught in English.