Taken from the syllabus for this class that some yahoo couldn’t find…

This course has a two-pronged mission: to study a “barrio” within the Latino community in Orange County, and to document it thoroughly. You will do the two via writing—an academic paper examining your barrio in a macro level, and weekly blog posts documenting your barrio in the micro level. We will also examine the different barrios of Orange County via visits and lectures, both by myself and by guests. For the purposes of this class, a “barrio” is defined as a subset of the larger Latino community in Orange County. Think long and wide, folks: actual neighborhood barrios, gender and sexual identity barrios, music scenes, cultural misfits—you get to pick the barrio to cover, then examine it like the anthropological journalists you’ll be at the end of this course. You will learn, but you will write—and if you don’t like to write and learn, por favor drop this class. No harm, no foul, but I have no tolerance for laziness.

And for the public at large: I welcome people sitting in for our class, but gotta clear it with me first—ESPECIALLY when I’m providing free food to my students, as per my reputation…


About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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  1. Hi, Gustavo, nice to see you identify me as the yahoo who couldn’t find the syllabus, although to be fair, you could have just sent it to me instead of playing games.
    Good luck with your class. I am interested to hear the results of the study of drop outs and ADHD. I will follow it through this blog.
    And please, don’t call me a yahoo. Now that I live in the South, I prefer coon-ass cracker. By the way, I was discussing your take on the unavailability of tacos in Knoxville with some new friends who are natives of Jalisco. I told them about your expertise on Mexican food and they asked me what state you’re from, I said, “California,” and they laughed . . .

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