Ethnic studies courses offered at LTCC
In an effort to further diversify course offerings and provide students with an ever broader selection of studies, Lake Tahoe Community College is launching a new department this fall: Ethnic Studies.
Besides giving students more choices, the aim of these courses is for them to become familiarized with the historical, cultural and linguistic richness of the American Southwest as well as to learn more about its original inhabitants.
Salvador Lopez, an LTCC faculty member and himself a Mexican American born in California’s San Joaquin Valley who lived through the social changes that took place during the late 1960s and early 1970s, has developed a total of four courses.
For the Fall 2005 quarter, three courses will be offered:
n ETH 131A Current Latino Issues
This course, which has also been offered during the Intensive Spanish Summer Institute (ISSI), is designed to expose students to the various issues affecting the Latino community in the United States, particularly in California. The course covers such topics as immigration, public health, education and law enforcement, among others. State and federal legislation affecting the Latino community will also be examined. ETH 131A will be offered on Monday evenings, 6 to 9:50 p.m.
n ETH 131B Mexican American Culture
This course covers the Indo-Hispanic roots of Mexico and Mexican Americans living in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of Mexican American popular culture and its expression through music, radio, television, theater and the media. Along with examining the surface culture such as food and dance, the students will learn more about the deeper culture of the Mexican American such as religion and family customs. ETH 131B will be offered on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9:50 p.m.
n ETH 131C Mexican American History
This course, the first of a three-part series, introduces the student to the major socio-historic and political events that have defined the southwestern United States over the centuries. The course will be taught from a Mexican American perspective. Topics to be covered are the original inhabitants of the Southwest, the coming of the Spanish and colonization, the mission system, independence from Mexico, the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, and the treaty that followed. The second of this series will be offered during the Winter Quarter, with the third following in the spring. ETH 131C will be offered on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Beginning in January 2006, a separate course on the history of Mexico from its pre-Columbian era to the present time will also be offered.
LTCC invites the community of the Lake Tahoe Basin to participate in the breadth of courses it has to offer.