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Latino Communities & Economic Development - Course Syllabus
Latin American and Latino Studies (2007)
  • Refugio I. Rochin

Course Objectives:

To provide an interdisciplinary course on the socio-economic experiences of Latinas and Latinos within "Latino communities" and some of the underlying conditions facing them as workers, business owners, and households.

To understand the way Latino communities function in terms of their education, immigrant make-up, socio-economic features, and rates of ethnic transformation.

To examine various sectors of the local economy, from rural farm workers to industrial workers, from public sector employees to self-employed entrepreneurs, from consumers to producers, and from homeowners to people without homes.

Students will gain a basic understanding of the U.S. economy from the perspective of "Latino Communities". They will understand the dynamics of these places and the interplay of producers and consumers, the supply of and demand for workers, the issues of transnational-immigrant workers, and the conditions of labor market segmentation, occupational stratification, unionization, state and federal programs. Students will get an introduction to the Latina/o business sector as well as the non-profit organizational side of Latinas/os who are actively engaged in local community development. Students will also have an opportunity to question Latino values, religious and cultural beliefs, as well as attitudes towards others.

Analytical Framework The general frame of reference is three facets of Latino communities: (1) Latino workers, (2) Latino businesses, and (3) Latino households.

Our framework uses interdisciplinary approaches for studying the relationships between these three and their dynamic interplay within communities where Latinas/os are a significant population.

  • Latino communities,
  • workers,
  • households,
  • businesses,
  • immigrants,
  • economic development
Publication Date
June, 2007
Citation Information
Refugio I. Rochin. "Latino Communities & Economic Development - Course Syllabus" Latin American and Latino Studies (2007)
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