Professor:  Prof. Laura Pavon Aramburu
Class meets: Online

Course Overview and 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.

Grade Breakdown

The forms of assessment in this course will alternate between: a. submitting annotated bibliography, b. completing quizzes, c. short blog-essays on Tumblr and / or d. participating in the discussion forum on padlet. All of the activities are linked on Google Classroom, under their corresponding week module.

Discussion Forum (DF): 20 %

Annotated Bibliography (Join our Google classroom): 20% 

  • This is the instructive on how to submit the annotated bibliography.

Quizzes: 20%

  • Quizzes will be available on Google Classroom.

Short Essays (Class Sample Tumblr): 20%

  • Instructive – “Short Essay Assignments”
  • Creating a blog on Tumblr Tutorial

Take-Home Final (Google classroom): 20%

  • The format will be like a usual take-home exam. This means I will make the questions available and you’ll have 48 hours to finish this exam. Guidance will be given prior to the exam.

Participation (To satisfactory pass the course)

Successful participation includes completing the readings and being prepared to engage with the ideas in class, asking questions in the modality you are most comfortable. Therefore, there are a variety of ways for you to earn participation points:

  1. Attend the weekly video session and make a comment or ask a question: putting one in the chat also counts; 
  2. Send me an email with a comment or question about the text

Course Site Information:

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