San Diego State University
Richard Griswold del Castillo
Description of course
This class will involve the study of the history of Chicanos since 1848 using Chicano Park as a point of departure for research and study. The main emphasis of the class will be to survey the major themes of Chicano history that are suggested by the murals of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan San Diego, and to do research on the park in order to contribute to its preservation by revealing the rich artistic and cultural legacy its embodies. A major portion of this class will involve field research, traveling out of the university environment to do research as well as for field trips. You will be asked to do a sign)ficant original research project on a topic associated with Chicano Park. In addition you will be expected to read major published work in Chicano and Mexican social, political and artistic history.
Under the supervision of Kathleen Robles students will be assigned or will choose a research topic associated with Chicano Park. The research project wil; be due on the 12th week of the class along with individual or group oral presentations to the rest of the class. Where appropriate written work will be entered into the Chicano Park home page.
The following are assigned readings for the class:
David Carrasco, Religions of Mesoamerica (New York: Harper Row, 1990).
Articles on electronic and regular reserve
* Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard Garcia. Cesar Chavez: A Triumph of the Spirit (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995).
* Philip Brookman," El Centro Cultural de la Raza Fifteen Years," Made in Aztlan (San Diego: Centro Cultural de la Raza, 1986).
* Shifra Goldman and Tom…s Ybarra Frausto, "Introduction," Arte Chicano (Berkeley: Chicano Studies Library Publications Unit, 1985).
* Pamela Jane Ferree, "The Murals of Chicano Park, San Diego California," Masters Thesis, SDSU, 1994.
* Jeanette RodrĂguez, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment among Mexican-American Women (Austin: University of Texas, 1994).
* Jose Vasconcelos, "La Raza Cosmica," Vol. I, Pensamiento Mexicano. CSULA. Chicano Studies Department, 1979).
* James Diego Vigil, Barrio Gangs: Street Life and Identity in Southern California, Ch. 2-3 (Austin: University of Texas, 1988).
* Richard Griswold del Castillo and Carlos Larralde. "Luisa Morreno: A Hispanic Civil Rights Leader in San Diego," Journal of San Diego History, 41, no. 4 ( 1995).
* Richard Griswold del Castillo, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: A Legacy of Conflict (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990).
1. Essay exams: There will one final exam in the class which will be a take home exam. Short essay quizzes will be given periodically to test you on the readings.
2. Attendance - You are responsible for all assignments and changes in the syllabis which are made during the semester. If you miss a class sessions it is your responsiblity to find out what you have missed. We will give periodic quizzes on readings, lectures and audio-visual presentations. These quizzes cannot be made up, so your penalty for being absent on any given day will be equivalent to the number of quiz points assigned for that day. Late quizzes will be discounted points.
3. Return of papers - We will bring corrected quizzes and papers to class once for return to you. If you fail to pick them up then, you may pick them up in any office during office hours.
4. Movies, videos - whenever we have a film or guest lecture, we will ask that you write out acritique of the movie or Iecture. This critique should be to evaluate the movie or lecture in light of the readings or lectures. It will be due the next class session.
5. Extra class activities - There will be several events taking place outside of class time that you will be asked to attend for class credit (of if it is not possible for you to attend, then to complete an ancillary assignment): these will include lectures at the Centro Cultural de la Raza and Chicano Park Day and other events. Credit for attending these events will be given.
6. Policy on Field trips - You are not required to attend field trips. If you do not choose to attend a field trip. you must cormplete the supplementary assignment to get credit.
Grading policy - The relative weighting of grades in this class is as follows:
Quizzes 100 pts. +
Schedule of Readings and Lecture Topics
Week 1 Introduction to class: terminology and geography
Week 3: Precolumbian Mexico and Chicano Park
Meet with Kathleen Robles to get research topics
Week 4: Precolumbian Religions
Week 5: Mexican history and Chicano Park
Week 6: Mexican history and Icons of Struggle
Week 7: The struggle in the fields:
Week 8 Chicano mural art history - an overview
Week 9: Chicana history
Week 10 Chicana/o history in San Diego
Week 11: The Chicana/o movement
Week 12: Mexico and Aztlan - The Chicano/ Mexicano Relationship
Week 13 Contemporary Issues and Chicano Park
Week 14: The future of la raza
Week 15: Conclusions
Some Murals in Chicano Park Corresponding to Topics in Chicano History
(Numbers refer to Master`s thesis of Jane Ferree)
I Precolumbian history
II Mexican history
IV Chicana history
V. San Diego Chicano history
Vl. Chicano history in the Southwest
MAS 350B Research Project
Note: failure to accomplish the tasks by the stated deadlines will result in a loss of points on the total project
Week 4 - Select topic or get assigned topic; turn in to class a title and paragraph description of what you envision to he the work you wil1 have to do on this topic. Present to the class a brief overview of your topic, why you selected it, what your thoughts are about it, preliminary views and approaches, how do you intend to do the research? Sign up for a schedule of appointments to meet with professors ahout the research project.
Week 5 - 12 Meet with Kathleen Robles/ Richard Griswold del Castillo as scheduled to work on research for Chicano Park
Week 13 - Be prepared to present in class an oral presentation of your project.
Week 15 - Turn in final draft of research project.
The final project format
I ) If it is a written research project it must be no less than 6 pages in length and follow the standard format for a research paper.
2) If it is some other kind of project (internship, research assistance, ect) submit a written report spelling out what you did and what you have learned of no less than three pages