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Latin American Studies Fall-2017

 

LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies

 Content:  Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture.  Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.  Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, post-colonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity.  Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this bilingual class. 

Prerequisite and/or restriction:  Spanish 301 or 302. Fall-17, Professor Magalí Rabasa, MWF 10:20-11:20am.

Taught:  Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

HISTORY

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2017: TTH 09:40 - 11:10am, Elliott Young

 

Hispanic Studies

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2017: MWF 11:30 - 12:30pm, Prof. Raillard.

 

440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures - Not Far From Earth.  Science Fiction Written in Spanish

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2017: 01:50-02:50pm MWF, Prof. Toledano.

 

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures - Short Story and Mini-Fiction in Latin America

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2017:  12:40-01:40PM, MWF, Prof. Vilches.

 

Sociology/Anthropology

349 Indigenous Peoples: 
Content: Indigenous peoples, indigenous identity, and social movements for indigenous rights. How indigenous identity is defined, constructed, and maintained, and the rights that indigenous people have and can claim. The relationship between international organizations, including the United Nations, and indigenous movements. Central focus on North and South America with some comparative cases from Asia. Sociological theories of social movements, identity politics, and racial formation. Fall-17Prof.Sarah Warren, TTH 11:30-01:00PM.

Prerequisite: SOAN 100 or 110. Two 200-level SOAN courses; or consent of instructor. Sophomore standing required.

Taught: 4 semester credits.

 

 

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Latin American Studies Spring-2017

 

LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies

 Content:  Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture.  Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.  Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, post-colonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity.  Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class.  To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

Prerequisite and/or restriction:  Spanish 301 or 302. Spring-17, Professor Juan Carlos Toledano, MW 03:00-04:30pm.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

History

142 Modern Latin American History

Content: Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics and culture.  Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America.  Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

Prerequisite: None.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-17, Prof. Elliott Young, 09:40-11:10am, TTH.

 

Hispanic Studies

 370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-17, Prof. Rabasa, 1:50 - 2:50pm, MWF

 

450 Special Topics (The Act of Writing in Spanish and Latin American Literature)

Content: Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Spring-17, Prof. Raillard, 11:30 -12:30pm, TTH.

 

Sociology/Anthropology

266 Social Change in Latin America - annually

Content: Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations. Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries. An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis.

Prerequisite:  SoAn 100 or SoAn 110.  Sophomore standing required.

Taught:  Annually, 4 semester credits.  Spring-17, Prof. Freiburger, 12:40 -01:40pm, MWF.

 

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Latin American Studies FA-2016

 

Art
207 Pre-Columbian Art

Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

Prerequisite:  Core 106. Core 107.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.  Fall-16, Prof. M. Johnston, 09:40-11:10am, TTH

 

HISTORY

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2016: TTH 01:50-03:20pm, Elliott Young

 

348 Modern Cuba

Content: Development of the modern Cuban nation from the independence movement of the mid-19th century to the contemporary socialist state.  Focus on how identity changed under the Spanish colonial, U.S. neocolonial, Cuban republic, and revolutionary states.  1840s to 1898: wars of independence, slavery, transition to free labor.  1898 to 1952: U.S. occupation and neocolonialism, Afrocubanismo, populism.  1952 to the present: Castro revolution, socialism, U.S.-Cuban-Soviet relations.  Fall-16: Professor Elliott Young, TTH 01:50-03:20PM

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  History 142 recommended.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

Hispanic Studies

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2016: 12:40 - 01:40pm MWF, Prof. Toledano.

 

440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures - Resistance in Mexico and Bolivia

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2016: 11:30-12:30am MWF, Prof. Rabasa.

 

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures - Latin American Film

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2016:  01:50-02:50PM, MWF, Prof. Vilches.

 

 Music

 137 World Music: Music in Latin America

Content: Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.  Fall-16:  Professor K. Mason,  TTH 09:40-11:10AM.

Prerequisites:  None.

Taught:  Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

 

 

Latin American Studies Spring-2016

 

Art
207 Pre-Columbian Art

Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

Prerequisite:  Core 106. Core 107.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.  Spring-16, Prof. M. Johnson, 11:30-12:30pm,MWF.

History

142 Modern Latin American History

Content: Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics and culture.  Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America.  Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

Prerequisite: None.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-16, Prof. Elliott Young, 09:40-11:10am, TTH.

 242 borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present

Content: The concept and region known as the Borderlands from when it was part of northern New Spain to its present incarnation as the U.S.-Mexico border.  Thematic focus on the roles of imperialism and capitalism in the formation of borderlands race, class, gender, and national identities.  The transformation of this region from a frontier between European empires to a borderline between nations.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.  Spring-16, Prof. Elliott Young, 3 - 4:30pm, MW

347 Modern Mexico: Culture, Politics, and Economic Crisis

Content: Origins and development of the modern Mexican nation from independence to the contemporary economic and political crisis.  1811 to 1940: liberal-conservative battles, imperialism, the pax Porfiriana, the Mexican Revolution, industrialization, and institutionalizing the revolution.  1940 to the present: urbanization, migration to the United States, the student movement, neoliberal economics and politics, disintegration of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), and the new social rebellions (Zapatistas, Popular Revolucionary Army, Civil Society).  Constructing mexicanidad in music, dance, film, and the cultural poetics of the street and the town plaza. 

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  History 141 or 142 recommended.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Spring-16, Elliott Young, 01:50 - 03:20PM, TTH.

Hispanic Studies 

 370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-16, Prof. Vilches, 11:30 -01:00pm, TT


450 Special Topics (Borges & Cortazar)

Content: Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Spring-16, Prof. Raillard, 01:50 -03:20pm, TTH.

 

 

Latin American Studies FA-2015

 

LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies

 Content:  Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture.  Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.  Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, post-colonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity.  Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class.  To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

 Prerequisite and/or restriction:  Spanish 202. Fall-15, Professor Juan Carlos Toledano, MWF 12:40 -01:40 pm.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

History

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2015: TTH 9:40-11:10 am, Elliott Young

 

Hispanic Studies

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2015: 12:40 - 01:40 pm MWF, Prof. Raillard.

 

440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2015: 01:50 - 02:50 pm MWF, Prof.Vilches

 

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2015:  10:20-11:20AM, MWF, Prof.Raillard.

 

Music

 137 World Music: Music in Latin America

Content: Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.  Fall-15:  Professor Beth Szczepanski, TTH 09:40-11:10AM.

Prerequisites:  None.

Taught:  Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

Sociology/Anthropology

266 Social Change in Latin America

Content: Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations.  Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries.  An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis. Fall-15: Prof. Cameron-Dominguez, MWF 01:50 - 02:50PM.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

 

Latin American Studies Spring-2015

 

Art

 
207 Pre-Columbian Art

 Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

 

Prerequisites: Core 106 and 107.

Taught: Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Spring-15,  Professor Matthew Johnston, 10:20-11:20 am, MWF

 

History

142 Modern Latin American History

Content: Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics and culture.  Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America.  Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

Prerequisite: None.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-15, Prof. Feinstein, 3 - 4:30 pm, MW.

 

Hist 298 - Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America

Content:  Structurally, this course is split into three units each exploring a different genre of political violence with a distinct country case study that embodies that form of violence.  The course will begin with an examination of the Southern Cone dirty wars, with a case study in Argentina, followed by the Central American civil wars (case study in Guatemala) and the Andean civil wars (case study in Peru).

Spring-15, Prof. Feinstein, 1:50-2:50pm, TTH

 

Hist 398 - The Cold War in Latin America

Content:  This seminar will look at Latin America-centered scholarship that challenges the previously bipolar (US/USSR) approach of Cold War history.  This course will examine work by both new and established historians, tackling themes such as Cuban projections of power in Latin America and beyond, the establishment of Southern Cone networks of national security doctrine and mutual support, and the role of internal colonial legacies of inequality in Cold War-era conflicts.  In addition to introducing students to this new historiography, we will also analyze select primary documents in class to help prepare students for their own primary-source-based research projects for the course.

Restrictions:  Junior Standing

Spring-15, Prof. Feinstein, 11:30- 1 pm, TTH

 

Hispanic Studies 

370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

 Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-14, Prof. Toledano, 1:50-2:50 pm, TTH

 

450 Special Topics (Borges & Cortazar)

Content: Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

 Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.

Taught: Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Spring-15, Prof. Raillard, 12:40-1:40 pm, MWF

 

 

Latin American Studies Courses

Fall-2014

 

LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies

Content:  Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture.  Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.  Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, post-colonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity.  Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class.  To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

Prerequisite and/or restriction:  Spanish 202. Fall-14, Professor Juan Carlos Toledano, MWF 1:50-2:50 pm.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

Hispanic Studies

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2014: 12:40 - 01:40 pm MWF, Prof. Raillard.

 

440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures - Latin American Literature, Film and Music

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2014: 01:50 - 02:50 pm MWF, Prof.Vilches

 

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures - Science Fiction Written in Spanish

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2014:  09:10-10:10AM, MWF, Prof. Toledano.

 

History

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2014: TTH 9:40-11:10 am, Elliott Young

 

348 Modern Cuba

Content: Development of the modern Cuban nation from the independence movement of the mid-19th century to the contemporary socialist state.  Focus on how identity changed under the Spanish colonial, U.S. neocolonial, Cuban republic, and revolutionary states.  1840s to 1898: wars of independence, slavery, transition to free labor.  1898 to 1952: U.S. occupation and neocolonialism, Afrocubanismo, populism.  1952 to the present: Castro revolution, socialism, U.S.-Cuban-Soviet relations.  Fall-14: Professor Elliott Young, TTH 01:50-03:20PM

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  History 142 recommended.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

Music

137 World Music: Music in Latin America

Content: Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.  Fall-14:  Professor Beth Szczepanski, TTH 09:40-11:10AM.

 Prerequisites:  None.

Taught:  4 semester credits.

 

Sociology/Anthropology

266 Social Change in Latin America

Content: Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations.  Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries.  An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis. Fall-14: Prof. Sarah Warren, TTH 09:40-11:10AM.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

349 Indigenous Peoples:  Identities and Politics


Content: Indigenous peoples, indigenous identity, and social movements for indigenous rights. How indigenous identity is defined, constructed, and maintained, and the rights that indigenous people have and can claim. The relationship between international organizations, including the United Nations, and indigenous movements. Central focus on North and South America with some comparative cases from Asia. Sociological theories of social movements, identity politics, and racial formation.Fall-14:  Prof.Sarah Warren, TTH 11:30-01:00PM.

Prerequisite: SOAN 100 or 110. Two 200-level SOAN courses; or consent of instructor. Sophomore standing required.

Taught: 4 semester credits.

 

Summer 2014

207 Pre-Columbian Art

Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

Prerequisites: Core 106 and 107.  Sophomore standing required unless section number is preceded by an “F”.


Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Summer-15,  Professor    Matthew Johnston, MTWTH 11:10-1:10PM

 

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Latin American Studies Courses

Spring-2014

 

207 Pre-Columbian Art

Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

Prerequisites: Core 106 and 107.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Spring-14,  Professor Matthew Johnston, 10:20-11:20 am, MWF

 

142 Modern Latin American History

Content: Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics and culture.  Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America.  Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-14, Prof. Elliott Young, 9:40-11:10 pm, TTH.

 

370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Spring-14, Prof. Toledano, 11:30-12:30 pm, MWF

 

450 Special Topics (Love in Spanish Literature)

Content: Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Spring-14, Prof. Raillard, 12:40-1:40 pm, MWF

 

 

Latin American Studies Courses

Fall-2013

 

History

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2013: TTH 9:40-11:10 am, Elliott Young

 

345 Race and Nation in Latin America

Content: Social thought about race and nation in Latin America.  The Iberian concept of pureza de sangre, development of criollo national consciousness, 20th century indigenista movements.  Linkages between national identities and constructions of race, particularly in the wake of revolutionary movements.  Freyre (Brazil), Marti (Cuba), Vasconcelos (Mexico), and Sarmiento (Argentina).

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Fall-2013:  TTH 01:50-03:20 pm, Elliott Young.

 

Hispanic Studies

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. Fall-2013: 12:40 - 01:40 pm MWF, Prof. Raillard.

 

440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2013: 12:40-01:40 pm MWF, Prof.Vilches

 

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Fall-2013:  01:50-02:50 pm, MWF, Prof. Toledano.

 


International Affairs

231 Latin American Politics

Content:  Comparative analysis of politics in South and Central America.  Specific emhases vary, but usually include role of peasantry, Catholic Church and Catholicism, changing political roles of women, international linkages, causes and effects of social revolutions, military rule, transitions to democracy.  Emphasis on theories attempting to explain patterns of Latin American politics.

Prerequisite: IA 100, sophomore standing

Taught: Fall-2013: 09:40-11:10 am, TTH, Prof. Eichorst

 

298 Human Rights in Latin America

This course is a historical comparative study of human rights in Latin America. It explores the systematic infringement of human rights during the “Dirty Wars” of the 1970s and 1980s, the role of U.S. human rights policy toward the region during that period,and the subsequent establishment of the truth and reconciliation commissions. We will also explore how concepts of human rights have developed since the regional transition to democracy. The post-transition period makes it possible to observe how
democratic institutional arrangements can protect human rights and minority interests. This provides an opportunity to evaluate contemporary issues related to equal marriage, Indigenous rights, and gender equality. Overall, this course takes a general
approach to studying the quality of government in Latin America and how it relates to the protection of human rights.

Prerequisites:  None

Taught:  Fall-2013: 01:50-03:20 pm, TTH, Prof. Eichorst

 

Sociology/Anthropology

261 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

Content: Gender and sexuality in Latin America through an anthropological lens.  Ethnographic and theoretical texts—including testimonial and film material—dealing with the different gender experiences of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, lowland jungle hunter-gatherers, highland peasants, urban dwellers and transnational migrants.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits. Fall-2013: 01:50-02:50  pm, MWF, Prof. Warren.

 

Courses in Latin American Studies

 

LAS 200 Latin American Cultural Studies

Content:  Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture.  Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.  Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, post-colonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity.  Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class.  To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

Prerequisite and/or restriction:  Spanish 201.  For students who wish to earn Hispanic Studies credit, Spanish 301.

Taught:  Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

Art:

207 Pre-Columbian Art

Content: Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures.  Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

Prerequisites: Core 106 and 107.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 
History:

141 Colonial Latin American History

Content: History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century.  Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits

142 Modern Latin American History

Content: Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics and culture.  Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America.  Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

242 borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present

Content: The concept and region known as the Borderlands from when it was part of northern New Spain to its present incarnation as the U.S.-Mexico border.  Thematic focus on the roles of imperialism and capitalism in the formation of borderlands race, class, gender, and national identities.  The transformation of this region from a frontier between European empires to a borderline between nations.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits
 

345 Race and Nation in Latin America

Content: Social thought about race and nation in Latin America.  The Iberian concept of pureza de sangre, development of criollo national consciousness, 20th century indigenista movements.  Linkages between national identities and constructions of race, particularly in the wake of revolutionary movements.  Freyre (Brazil), Marti (Cuba), Vasconcelos (Mexico), and Sarmiento (Argentina).

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

347 Modern Mexico: Culture, Politics, and Economic Crisis

Content: Origins and development of the modern Mexican nation from independence to the contemporary economic and political crisis.  1811 to 1940: liberal-conservative battles, imperialism, the pax Porfiriana, the Mexican Revolution, industrialization, and institutionalizing the revolution.  1940 to the present: urbanization, migration to the United States, the student movement, neoliberal economics and politics, disintegration of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), and the new social rebellions (Zapatistas, Popular Revolucionary Army, Civil Society).  Constructing mexicanidad in music, dance, film, and the cultural poetics of the street and the town plaza. 

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  History 141 or 142 recommended.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

348 Modern Cuba

Content: Development of the modern Cuban nation from the independence movement of the mid-19th century to the contemporary socialist state.  Focus on how identity changed under the Spanish colonial, U.S. neocolonial, Cuban republic, and revolutionary states.  1840s to 1898: wars of independence, slavery, transition to free labor.  1898 to 1952: U.S. occupation and neocolonialism, Afrocubanismo, populism.  1952 to the present: Castro revolution, socialism, U.S.-Cuban-Soviet relations.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  History 142 recommended.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

400 Reading Colloquium (focus in Latin America)
Content:
Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works.  Organized around themes or problems; comparative study of historical works exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter.  Focus varies depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.
Prerequisite:
Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Two to three colloquia annually, 4 semester credits each.  May be taken twice for credit.  Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors. Prerequisite:  Junior standing or consent of instructor.The history of medicine in Latin America is economic, social, and scientific.  From the earliest years of conquest, European medicine interacted with native medical traditions—with or without sanction of the Spanish crown.  This course will introduce the student to the medical systems of colonial and post-colonial Latin America.  Starting with the official systems of sixteenth-century Spain, the readings will present the medical problems of America, the formal medical system imposed by Spain in the early colonial period, medical education, and medical treatments available.  The course will examine the medical world that developed in Latin America with contrasts between the licensed medical professionals who tried to impose the latest medical practices and the curanderos (informal healers), midwives, and druggists who ignored the official policies.  Students will gain an appreciation for the impact of patients’ preferences in medical care and how this influenced the development of competing and complementary medical systems.

 

450 History Seminar (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history.  Topical content varies depending on the instructor’s teaching field.  Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific Slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia.

Prerequisites: History 300.  Consent of instructor.
Taught:
Three seminars annually, 4 semester credits each.  May be taken twice for credit.  Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors.

 

Hispanic Studies:

230 Hispanic Literature in Translation

Content: Major works of Latin American and Spanish narrative literature, with emphasis on authors who treat relevant social, political, historical, or cultural issues. Topics vary from year to year. Taught in English; no background in Spanish language or Hispanic literature required.

Prerequisite: None.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be taken twice for credit if the topic is different.

360 Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

Content: Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Prerequisite: Spanish 321 or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.


440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. 

 444 Spanish Practicum (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Independent work under faculty supervision on a project dealing with the Hispanic community. Details of content, evaluation, title, and academic credit determined by student in consultation with faculty member.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Taught:
Each semester, 1-4 semester credits.

446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.

450 Special Topics (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 360 or 370.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.

 

Sociology/Anthropology:

261 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

Content: Gender and sexuality in Latin America through an anthropological lens.  Ethnographic and theoretical texts—including testimonial and film material—dealing with the different gender experiences of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, lowland jungle hunter-gatherers, highland peasants, urban dwellers and transnational migrants.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

 

266 Social Change in Latin America

Content: Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations.  Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries.  An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 100 or 110, or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

400 Senior Seminar and Thesis (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Advanced readings and major works in sociology and anthropology.  In consultation with faculty, selection of a thesis topic; further reading in the disciplines and/or field of research in the local area.  Substantial written document demonstrating mastery of theory and methodology and the ability to integrate these into thesis topic.

Prerequisite: Sociology/Anthropology 200, 201, 300, and senior standing; or consent of instructor.
Taught:
Each semester, 4 semester credits.

 

International Affairs:


231 Latin American Politics

Content: Comparative analysis of politics in South and Central America.  Specific emphases vary, but usually include role of the peasantry, Catholic Church and Catholicism, changing political role of women, international linkages, causes and effects of social revolutions, military rule, transactions to democracy.  Theories attempting to explain patterns of Latin American politics.

Prerequisite: International Affairs 100.
Taught:
Alternate years, 4 semester credits.

430 International Affairs Seminar (when focus is on Latin America)

Content: Advanced research in international affairs.  Production of a carefully researched and reasoned thesis, distribution to instructor and other class members for assessment.  Oral presentation of thesis; written and verbal comments from instructor and other students.  The thesis written in this course requires students to construct, research, write, and present rigorous analysis of some dimension of international relations that the current literature identifies as compelling.

Prerequisites: International Affairs 310.  One course from the Research Methods list.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

Music:

137 World Music: Latin America and the Caribbean

Content: Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

Prerequisites:  No prerequisites
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits

 

307 Advanced Seminar in Music:  Musical Diplomacy in Latin America

Content:  Advanced seminar with a different research focus every semester. Topics announced in advance. Previous semesters have included Music and Philosophy, Music and Iconography, Music of Diaspora, Music and Ritual, Jazz History, Eco-musicology, Women and Music, and Medieval and Renaissance Music.

Prerequisites: Music course or consent of instructor. Sophomore standing required.
Taught:
Annually, 4 semester credits.

 

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