Review Comment

Intro to Latino Studies

April 23, 2013

Negron-Muntaner, Frances Silver_nugget
Intro to Latino Studies

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Frances has been my favorite professor thus far at Columbia and Intro to Latino studies has been my favorite class. I'm even considering majoring in Latin American studies after taking this class. For the love of God do yourself a favor and take this class (it unfortunately isn't offered 2013-2014 but if it is later TAKE IT). The whole class is super interesting, and she's always including video clips and other media to make the topics current. This is probably the easiest/ most interesting way to fulfill a global core requirement. There are optional discussion sections. My TA was really cool and the sections were actually pretty helpful.

Workload:

Take home midterm, ethnography report of a Latino neighborhood (2 pages), interview with a Latino (2-3 pages), final paper/project, weekly one page responses to the readings. Sometimes a lot of reading but you can skim it and still write a decent response. Pretty painless

December 27, 2011

Negron-Muntaner, Frances Silver_nugget
Intro to Latino Studies

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AMAZING CLASS! Professor Negron-Muntaner never had a dull moment in class. She always would relate lectures to media, and she would also constantly relate teachings to what was happening in the world at the time. She was intimidating (she talked to us about how she met with the president during the semester and she would talk to us about other celebrities whom she has worked with--J. LO, Eva Longoria, Junot Diaz, etc), but this just made the class all the more interesting to attend. That being said, I think you have to really enjoy what was being taught to truly get the best out of the class. If you're interested in Latino culture at all TAKE THIS CLASS!

Workload:

ALOT of assigned reading, but you really don't need to do them at all. they are all gone over during class. One in-class presentation on a reading, interview of a Latino in NYC, take home midterm, final take home paper. Very easy to get an A-/A/A+ if you do all the work.

December 06, 2006

Marwell, Nicole
Intro to Latino Studies

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I am not quite sure why there are so many negative reviews about Prof Marwell. She knows the material well and her presentation is clear and concise, without the pretentious wordiness that some professors rely on. Since Latino studies is a realtively new field, she likes a lot of class participation in order to add to the scholar discourse. She challeneged many students to think beyond norms and vague terminology such as "mainstream," "culture," and the black/white dichotomy.

However, she is cut and dry. At times, she seems unapproachable, but if you are confident, she tends to open up more about and be more lively.

The material is extremely interesting (Im passionate about it). There are many readings that tackle different ideas such as, what is Latino studies?, migration patterns, and US imperialism and the marketing of Latinos in the US market.

This course is definitely recommended!

Workload:

Readings for every class period (usually between 15-40 pages depending on topic), class participation or postings on discussion section on courseworks to compensate for lack of participation, midterm with short answer section and 4 essays in which you chose 2, and take home final (two essays 5-7 pages each)

January 07, 2006

Marwell, Nicole
Intro to Latino Studies

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AWFUL class. Marwell seemed incredibly biased and didn't know her stuff.
When asked questions on what she said in class, she either answered wrongly or circumvented the question without really answering the question. I would not recommend this class.

Workload:

Boring, biased.

January 01, 2004

Marwell, Nicole
Intro to Latino Studies

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Professor Marwell can initially come off as intimidating, but stick around a while and you'll realize she's actually quite kind and funny. This class challenged me to be concise in my work and to keep up with the material, however, the workload was not at all unreasonable and she was a very fair grader. This class was not only insightful and engaging, but fun, too. Daily presentations on the material helped to break up lectures, but lectures were lively and kept you on your toes. Class participation is a must, but she really just wants you to say what's on your mind in a thoughtful and concise manner and exhibit that you have even the most elementary understanding of the material.

Workload:

in class midterm, take home final, one presentation- interesting, fun, not difficult, reading is very reasonable. grading also reasonable. class participation is a must (15% of grade) but also fun! perk: she likes doing the class dinner thing so free food one night towards the end of the semester is a major plus...had a great time.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Frances Negron-Muntaner 2010 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Susanna Rosenbaum 2008 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies 2007 Fall / 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Nicole Marwell 2006 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Frances Negron-Muntaner 2004 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Nicole Marwell 2003 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Nicole Marwell 2002 Spring TR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W1601: Introduction to Latino Studies Nicole Marwell 2002 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1