Chicanos: beyond the border; the creation of a university class
This presentation focuses on the creation of a class on Chicanos at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Participants will learn about the topics covered during the 2012 Spring Semester, materials used and class content. Learning objectives discussed will include: To expose students to multiple cultural perspectives based on original materials; To communicate critically and sensitively with people from another culture through an understanding of one's own culture; To reflect on one's own time, culture and place in the world; To reflect on authentic materials such as songs, films and virtual interviews with authors; To express values and complex thoughts in writing; To question cultural stereotypes; To read critically and analytically. Learning outcomes to be discussed will include: Discuss and analyze the syndrome of physical and spiritual destierro (alienation) that the Mexican and Mexican-American populations experience as depicted in the novel Peregrinos de Aztlan; Compare and contrast the search for meaning and identity in the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures; Develop and design individual presentations on biculturalism, its sociolinguistic implications and man's origin and destiny; Evaluate the sociocultural impact of the Mexican migration through the use of authentic materials; Compose and write critical papers on the Chicano experience; Examine and question cultural stereotypes; Evaluate readings on the Chicano quest for meaning and identity. The presenter will examine the historical and geographical development of the multicultural Latino community, investigating mostly its Mexican roots; Share the plight of the Latino immigrants in the last thirty years-Analyze the Chicano/a history, culture and socioeconomic status; Deepen the understanding of a body of literary works by Chicano/a writers; Generate new knowledge and perspectives on the topic of social oppression and human rights; and Develop an appreciation for all art forms generated by the Chicano communities in this country. Furthermore, the participants will learn how to create learning communities in which students and instructors learn together, and share and reflect on universal themes.