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Latin American Studies

  • LATAM 100  Native Peoples of South America

    Description:
    An introductory survey of the native cultures of South America. Emphasis is placed on a comparison of selected cultures through the analysis of native history, levels of social and political integration, contact with European cultures, and contemporary status.   More Info

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  • LATAM 101  Latin America: Contemporary Society and Culture

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    This course introduces the people, events, and trends shaping Latin American societies and cultures today. Readings provide a historical overview and examine regional similarities and local differences, including: social institutions such as family; politics and political cultures; religious institutions and practices; and ways that race, ethnicity, and gender shape national cultures and subcultures.   More Info

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  • LATAM 205  Latin American Film

    Description:
    This course examines Latin American feature and documentary film to analyze social, cultural and political themes and issues. Topics include: the development of national cinemas and their genres; film as art and industry; film and political engagement; representations of women and gender; and selected social and cultural subjects.   More Info

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  • LATAM 210G  Food, Culture, and Society in Latin America

    Description:
    This course explores the history and cultural significance of food in Latin America. Topics include indigenous agriculture; ritual uses of food; how European colonization changed food habits; the development and social impact of export crops; food and national identities; and problems of food self sufficiency. Assignments, including some field work, also examine food and cultural stereotyping. Counts toward the concentration in Latin American studies. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, collaborative learning, academic self-assessment.   More Info

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  • LATAM 255L  Latin America before 1800

    Description:
    The imposition of Spanish and Portuguese institutions on the pre-Columbian civilizations in the new world, and the economic, social religious, political, and cultural institutions that developed in Latin America. Emphasis on the differences and similarities between colonial Latin America and other contemporary and later empires. HIST 255L and LATAM 255L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 256L  Latin America since 1800

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    The histories of Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba since 1800. Emphasis on British and American economic expansion into these countries during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the resulting political and social consequences. HIST 256L and LATAM 256L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 270  Human Rights in Latin America

    Description:
    This interdisciplinary course explores recent Latin American history, society and culture from the perspective of human rights. The course focuses on the three generations of human rights, political rights, social and economic rights and women's, children's and indigenous rights, and places them in regional and comparative perspective.   More Info

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  • LATAM 290  Central America: Society and Culture

    Description:
    This course examines contemporary societies and cultures of selected Central American countries. Readings provide a historical overview. Topics include: land and labor; religion; insurgency, revolution and their legacies; contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity; indigenous social movements; women and gender; urban migrations and cultures.   More Info

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  • LATAM 300  Spanish Conquest in North and South America: 1492-1600

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    Starting with Columbus, the Spanish left an extensive literature of eyewitness accounts of exploration and conquest in North and South America. By examining these accounts in detail, students get a better grasp of the nature of indigenous cultures at contact and a more complete understanding of how the conquest and destruction of native peoples came about.   More Info

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  • LATAM 303  Reform and Revolution in Latin America

    Description:
    This course examines case studies of twentieth-century political movements in Latin America that have attempted to restructure social and economic systems and establish new political orders. Readings provide historical background. Topics include: guerrilla insurgency; revolutionary agendas and reforms; revolutionary cultures and identities; and new social movements, including womens movements.   More Info

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  • LATAM 336L  Ancient Mesoamerica

    Description:
    This course uses archaeological and ethnohistorical data to chart the prehistoric transformation of Mesoamerica into the setting for several of the ancient world's most intriguing urban civilizations, including those of the Maya and the Aztecs. Emphasis is given to the common social patterns and ideological premises underlying the region's long-term cultural and political diversity. ANTH 336L and LATAM 336L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 338L  Ancient Peru: The Incas and Their Ancestors

    Description:
    This course uses ethnohistorical and archaeological data to examine the foundations of complex society in Andean South America; and stresses, as an underlying theme, human adaptation to the constraints and possibilities of the diverse Andean environments. Special emphasis is given to the accomplishments, both real and idealized, of the last of Peru's prehistorical civilizations, the Inca Empire. ANTH 338L and LATAM 338L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 340  Latin America in the Age of Globalization

    Description:
    Using interdisciplinary methods, theories and perspectives, this course examines how the local and the global intersect in the lives of Latin Americans today. The course focuses on key aspects of the dynamic relations between globalization and Latin American societies, particularly labor, gender, culture, the environment, and human rights.   More Info

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  • LATAM 350  Latin American Popular Cultures

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    This course examines popular culture in Latin America. Topics include religious rituals and symbols; secular festivals; dance; food; and sport. Introductory historical and theoretical frameworks provide analytical tools for examining tensions between elite and popular cultures; popular cultures as oppositional and national identities; production and consumption of popular cultures; and the meanings that cultural symbols acquire in Diaspora.   More Info

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  • LATAM 360  Language and Power in Latin America

    Description:
    This course examines how elements of Spanish, indigenous languages, and English interact with the power exercised by governments, the media, business, educators and others in Latin America.. The course features case studies, highlighting key components that relate to the dynamics of power and language in various contexts. No knowledge of Spanish required.   More Info

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  • LATAM 375L  Brazilian Civilization

    Description:
    A general survey of Brazil, tracing the evolution of cultural, economic, political, and social structures from colonial times to the present. The course discusses the distinctions and similarities in the development of Portuguese America and Spanish America. Readings include historical source material, novels, and modern studies on Brazil. Conducted in English. Fulfills a requirement for Latin American Studies Program. LATAM 375L and PORT 375L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 380  Brazilian Cinema

    Description:
    This course examines Brazilian cinema from multiple perspectives. It explores the ways that Brazilian filmmakers used themes such as popular culture, the Sertao, poverty, and childhood to explore questions of historical representation and collective memory, politics, the economy, sexuality, sentiment, and patriarchy. The course also analyzes film language and aesthetics, social debates about cinema and social role of the filmmaker by connecting Brazilian cinema to Brazilian intellectual history and visual culture.   More Info

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  • LATAM 454L  Argentina

    Description:
    This course is a cultural interpretation of Argentina based primarily on historical, cultural, and literary works. The aim is to explore the process of nation-building in the Latin American context. Topics include: the role of the intellectual in political culture; gender and nation; literature and nationalism; media and politics; and globalization. LATAM 454L and SPAN 454L are the same course.   More Info

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  • LATAM 478  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • LATAM 479  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • LATAM 485  Special Topics

    Description:
    Selected topics in Latin American Studies, taught by staff or visiting lecturers.   More Info

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