New Courses for Spring 2019

Principios de Microeconomia / Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 1103  | Dr. Mónica Unda-Gutiérrez
MWF from 11 to 11.50am.

The main goal of the course is to teach you the basics on Microeconomics but also for you to practice your Spanish. This is the same course other Marquette students take, but instruction and some of the assignments are in Spanish rather than English. Taking “Principios de microeconomía”, apart from giving you foundations of microeconomics, offers you other advantages: you could improve your Spanish, you get the chance to practice your Spanish and learn terms specific to the economics and business world. This skill can prepare you in case you’re considering studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country or in a future career in international business, finance, or politics. How is the course going to be run? The course is going to be taught in Spanish but the text book we will follow is in English, it is the Hubbard and O’Brien book that you are using for this class. Most of the homework and exams are going to be given to you in English (60% of assignments). And students will decide if they want to participate in class or write their homework and exams in English or Spanish. This is because we want to encourage students that might feel intimidated to use their Spanish, to take the course. And please note that your level of Spanish is not going to be considered in your overall grade.

Latinx Civil Rights Movements

HIST 4931/FOLA 4931 | Dr. Sergio González
MWF from 1:00 to 1:50pm.

Movements for civil, economic, and social justice have a long and storied past in the annals of U.S. Latinx history. In order to fully appreciate the complexity of these movements, we’ll explore the unequal distribution of power and privilege in the U.S. across the ‘long twentieth century’ by examining efforts by Latinx communities to achieve first-class citizenship, societal inclusion, and self-determination.

Homelessness in U.S.-Central American Narrative

FOLA 4931 | Mr. Abel Arango
TTh from 3:30 to 4:45pm.

Images of dispossession and homelessness are central in a corpus of novels that spans from the 1990s until today. Second-generation Central American novelists linger on questions of displacement as the characters in these narratives repeatedly find themselves without a permanent home or community. Together these works offer us a new way of understanding Central Americans’ liminality by serving as a site that details the tensions around who is permitted to enter and occupy everyday living spaces, and by extension, the nation-state. Discouraged to settle in their countries of origin and denied citizenship in the U.S., Central American populations are de-legitimized and rendered stateless. Against these conditions, we will explore homelessness as a counter-discourse that challenges and disrupts an outdated nation-state system that is grounded in regimes of nationality and citizenship. These novels have a subversive aim as they dismantle and generate alternative understandings of national belonging built upon the lines of territory, language and race. Instead we will take a transnational approach that suggests the nation-state is far from complete, given that the subjects in these novels redraw territorial lines, frustrate fixed nationalities, develop new subjectivities and ultimately claim a sense of place. The works we will cover include Héctor Tobar’s The Tattooed Soldier (1996), Francisco Goldman’s The Ordinary Seaman (1997), Marcos McPeek Villatoro’s Romilia Chacón detective series (2001-2012) and Tanya Maria Barrientos’ Frontera Street (2002). Note: Only a few secondary sources will be in Spanish.