Fall 2020

Major Debates in Latinx and Latin American Studies

Listed in: Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-200

Moodle site: Course


Sony Coranez Bolton (Section 01)


In this course students will become familiar with the major debates that have animated Latinx and Latin American Studies, addressing a wide range of issues from the Conquest to the present. Each week students will focus on specific questions such as: Does Latin America have a common culture? Is Latin America part of the Western world? Is Latinx a race or an ethnicity? Is U.S. Latinx identity rooted in Latin America or the United States? Are Latin American nations post-colonial? Was the modern concept of race invented in the Caribbean at the time of the Conquest? The opposing viewpoints around such questions will provide the main focus of the reading assignments, which will average two or three articles per week. In the first four weeks, students will learn a methodology for analyzing, contextualizing, and making arguments that they will apply in developing their own positions in the specific controversies that will make up the rest of the course.

Professor Coráñez Bolton will be offering this course completely online via Zoom. The class will have a mix of synchronous “live” class meetings and some asynchronous components via Moodle (discussion threads, recorded lecture materials and presentations, etc). The class will also feature some live online screenings of relevant documentaries and films to encourage a community of viewership. While there will be some asynchronous work, a greater emphasis will be on synchronous class meetings and discussions. This class will require several short oral reading presentations, one longer formal oral presentation, and an analytical essay of approximately 7-10 pages. For the final projects, students will have latitude to prepare something more free-form, artistic, literary, or visual if it is desired and always in consultation with the professor.

Limited to 15 students.

Fall semester. Professor Sony Coranez Bolton.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2024