Southwest Borderlands Studies (SWBS)

SWBS 2301  Foundatns in Mex Amer Studies  3 SCH  (3)  

History, economics, sociology, demography, folklore, education, art and literature of Mexican Americans.

SWBS 2302  Intro SW Borderland Studies  3 SCH  (3)  

A survey of the multidimensional and interdependent nature of United States-Mexico regional interaction and development. A focus on southwest borderlands dynamics which impact upon culture, social institutions, ecological and demographic characteristics.

SWBS 3301  PreColumbian Amer Cultures  3 SCH  (3)  

Development of American Indian cultures of Central and South America to time of Spanish Conquest. Maya, Inca, Aztec and related cultural traditions. Optional field trip when possible. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology or Southwest Borderlands Studies. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 3301 and ANTH 3301.)

SWBS 4301  Biculture Groups in US Soc  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of bicultural groups with salient ethnic characteristics, i.e., Blacks, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Japanese, Italians and Native Americans. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or 12 semester hours of social science.

SWBS 4303  Folk Medicine  3 SCH  (3)  

An examination of the folk medical system of Mexican Americans from an anthropological perspective. Includes an exploration of household remedies (including herbal remedies), folk illness syndromes, various folk healers (including parteras, or midwives, and sobadores, or massagers), curanderismo (folk healing) and brujeria (witchcraft) in present-day Mexican American culture in South Texas and the Southwest. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtain in both SWBS 4303 and ANTH 4303.)

SWBS 4308  Latin American Culture  3 SCH  (3)  

Origin and development of contemporary cultural forms in Latin America. Industrialization, socioeconomic and demographic change are examined from several theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtain in both SWBS 4308 and ANTH 4308.)

SWBS 4309  Mexican Border Subcultures  3 SCH  (3)  

Analysis of social processes such as competition, accommodation and cooperation occurring in the American Southwest and in Northern Mexico, with attention to such variables as ethnicity and stratification. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 4309 and ANTH 4309.)