Fall 2008 Courses
- LA 377: LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM Theme: "Migrations" Tu, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM,
Latin American Studies Faculty, 1 credit
Latin American is often described as a region on the move. Faculty in the LAS program will address the movement of peoples into, within, and from Latin America from different disciplinary perspectives.
- AH 103-001: AFRICA, OCEANIA, AMERICAS | L. Aronson, 4 credits
001: TuTh, 9:40-10:00 & M, 9:05-10:00; 002: TuTh, 9:40-11:00 & M, 10:10-11:00
A survey of the arts of Africa (south of the Sahara), Oceania (the South Sea Islands), and native North, Central and South America. This course examines a variety of styles, techniques and socioreligious functions of the arts and architecture of these non-Western cultural areas. (Designated a non-Western culture course; fulfills humanities requirement.)
- AN 205: MESOAMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY | TuTh, 9:40-11:00, S. Bender, 3 credits
A survey of the culture history of Mesoamerica, including primarily the states of Mexico and Guatemala. Inquiry focuses on the origin of New World agriculture as well as the development of highland Mexican and Aztec and lowland Mayan civilizations. The course considers the interpretation of the archaeological remains at major Mesoamerican site complexes. (Designated a non-Western culture course; fulfills social sciences requirement.)
- AN 244: INDIGENOUS CUL LATIN AM | TuTh, 3:40-5:00, J. Zibbell, 3 credits
A survey of indigenous peoples and cultures in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The course examines the persistence and change of indigenous cultures as they have intersected with broader social forces since European conquest and colonization. Topics include contemporary indigenous movements as they influence regional politics, economic development, environmental change, nationalism, and the construction of racial, ethnic, and gender identities. (Designated a Cultural Diversity course)
- FS 212-001: SPANISH AMERICAN LIT | TuTh, 2:10-3:30 & M, 12:20-1:15, Unit Coordinator,
A study of the main currents of Spanish American literature from Colonial times to the present. Such authors as Sor Juana, Gallegos, Darío, Carpentier, Mistral, Neruda, Paz and Cortázar will be studied. Prerequisite: FS 208 or permission of instructor.
- FS 376-001: SEMINAR: NARRATIVES OF FEAR | TuTh, 2:10-3:30, M. Lander, 3 credits
Inthis seminar students will analyze different representations of violence in Latin American literature and culture. Based on twentieth and twenty first-century novels, short stories, movies and other cultural expressions, this course will examine how violence functions as a counter discourse to the models of economic and social progress promoted by the state and other hegemonic power bases. We will therefore pay special attention to the role played by power and ideology in these texts.
- GO 309: LATIN AMERICA AND U.S. | Tu/Th 11:10AM-12:30PM, A. Vacs, 3 credits
Examines relations between Latin America & the United States, including political, strategic, and economic aspects. The course reviews some major theoretical interpretations of these relations and analyzes some crucial historical events & developments and contemporary topics including collective security, revolutionary change, imperialism and nationalism, economic issues, human rights and democracy, drug traffic, and migration. Prerequisite: GO 103/instructor's permission.
TX 201 B:Puerto Rico and the United States: Culture and Colonialism | M 3:00-5:00PM, J. Dym and V. Rangil, 2 credits
Puerto Rico has been a United States "territory" for over 100 years. For many it is a US colony, for others a captive country, and for still others an island denied the right to be a US state. This Caribbean island is a part of Latin America inside the US whose existence challenges us to rethink our definitions of nation, colonialism, race, and imperialism. This course explores the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of the U.S. on Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican responses to it. Topics include the political history of Puerto Rico's status, social construction of race and gender and Puerto Rican identity formation, the role that music and literature play in the promotion of such an identity; the emergence of social and political movements including labor, feminist, pro-statehood and pro-independence movements, and migration of Puerto Ricans to and from the United States. A day trip to visit "El Barrio," the Puerto Rican area of New York City, is planned as part of this course.
TX 202: LAS Faculty-Led Travel Seminar to Puerto Rico, January 7-17, 2009, San Juan, Puerto Rico, V. Rangil and J. Dym, 1 credit.
A ten-day travel seminar to Puerto Rico during winter break 2008-2009, focuses on the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of the U.S. on Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican responses to it. Students will test in museums, guided tours, and meetings, the ideas developed in classroom discussion on topics such as Puerto Rican historical development, cultural production including music, art and literature in identity-formation; political positioning (such as pro-statehood and pro-independence movements) and migration of Puerto Ricans between the island and the United States.
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PLEASE NOTE: You must submit an application to take these courses. Students may enroll in TX 201B without TX 202, these students need to provide a 1-page statement of purpose but do not need to fill out the full applicaiton. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 3, 2008!
Partial Latin American Credit for Minor
- FF 220: LANGUAGES ACROSS CURRICULUM FRENCH | M, 2:30-3:30, C. Evans
- FS 220: LANGUAGES ACROSS CURRICULUM, FRENCH | V. Rangil, P. Rubio
- GO 339: INTER POL ECON AND ENVIR | TuTh, 12:40-2:00, R. Ginsberg