Course Offerings

Winter 2015

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Modern Latin America: Túpak Katari to Tupac Shakur

HIST 131 - Gildner (Multiple Sections)

A survey of Latin America from the 1781 anticolonial rebellion led by indigenous insurgent Túpak Katari to a globalized present in which Latin American youth listen to Tupac Shakur yet know little of his namesake. Lectures are organized thematically (culture, society, economics, and politics) and chronologically, surveying the historical formation of people and nations in Latin America. Individual countries (especially Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru) provide examples of how local and transnational forces have shaped the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of North and South America and the Caribbean, and the cultural distinctions and ethnic diversity that characterize a region too often misperceived as homogeneous.

Seminar: Revolutions in Latin America

HIST 337 - Gildner

Detailed analysis of 20th-century revolutionary movements in Latin America. Examines historical power struggles, social reforms, and major political changes, with in-depth exploration of Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Chile, and Nicaragua. Explores the social movements and ideologies of under-represented historical actors, such as peasants, guerrillas, artists, workers, women, students, and indigenous people.

Trans-American Identity: Images from the Americas

LACS 256 - Barnett (Multiple Sections)

Counts toward the literature distribution requirement for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. A multi-genre survey of representative literary works from the Americas, defined as those regions that encompass Latin American and Caribbean cultures. In particular the course uses an interdisciplinary approach to show how exemplary artists from the region have crafted images to interpret and represent their American reality. Selected narrative, film, and poetic works by Spanish-American (Neruda, Garcia Marquez, Rulfo, and Carpentier), Francophone (Danticat), Lusophone (Amado), and Anglophone authors (Walcott, Brathwaite, and Naipaul), among others.

Capstone Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 396 - Mayock

This capstone course builds upon the foundations developed in LACS 101 and related coursework in the distribution areas. Students discuss assigned readings centered around a key theme or themes of Latin American Studies in connection with an individualized research project. This project is carried out with continual mentoring by a faculty member and in collaboration with peer feedback. Each student presents his/her findings in a formal paper, or other approved end-product, and summarizes the results in an oral presentation.

Trans-American Identity: Images from the Americas

LACS 256 - Barnett (Multiple Sections)

Counts toward the literature distribution requirement for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. A multi-genre survey of representative literary works from the Americas, defined as those regions that encompass Latin American and Caribbean cultures. In particular the course uses an interdisciplinary approach to show how exemplary artists from the region have crafted images to interpret and represent their American reality. Selected narrative, film, and poetic works by Spanish-American (Neruda, Garcia Marquez, Rulfo, and Carpentier), Francophone (Danticat), Lusophone (Amado), and Anglophone authors (Walcott, Brathwaite, and Naipaul), among others.

International Development

POL 215 - Dickovick

A study of international development and human capability, with a focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The course analyzes theories to explain development successes and failures, with a focus on the structures, institutions, and actors that shape human societies and social change. Key questions include measuring economic growth and poverty, discussing the roles of states and markets in development, and examining the role of industrialized countries in reducing global poverty. The course explores links between politics and other social sciences and humanities.

Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 163 - Pinto-Bailey

This course develops intermediate communicative Portuguese vocabulary and active intermediate competence in the language. The traditional skills of foreign language instruction (structure, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking) are stressed. This course meets five days per week.

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Pinto-Bailey

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Botta (Multiple Sections)

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Spanish-American Poetry

SPAN 344 - Michelson

Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.


Fall 2014

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Arts of Meso- and South America

ARTH 170 - Lepage

Survey of the art and architecture of Meso- and South before the arrival of the Europeans, with a focus on indigenous civilizations including the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Art is contextualized in terms of religious, social, political, and economic developments in each region under discussion. The class includes a trip to Dumbarton Oakes in Washington, DC.

Arts of Colonial Latin America

ARTH 271 - Lepage

A survey of the art and architecture of Latin America from the 16th through early-18th centuries, this course begins with an exploration of the art of Aztec and Inca before the arrival of Europeans. Classes then explore the cultural convergence that resulted from the conquest in the 16th century, focusing on the role of indigenous artists and traditions in the formation of early colonial culture. Later lectures consider the rise of nationalism and its effect on the arts.

Economic Globalization and Multinational Corporations

BUS 337 - Reiter (Multiple Sections)

This course focuses on the historical and present effects and issues of economic globalization, and the role of multinational corporations in a global economy. Topics covered may include: production, supply chain, technology, trade, finance, natural environment, labor, development, poverty and inequality, privatization of utilities, immigration, and state sovereignty. Emphasis is on understanding the costs and benefits of economic globalization and the role business plays in contributing to these outcomes.

Latin America: Mayas to Independence

HIST 130 - Gildner

An introduction to the "Indian" and Iberian people active from Florida to California through Central and South America between 1450 and 1750.

Seminar: Slavery in the Americas

HIST 366 - DeLaney

An intensive examination of slavery, abolition movements and emancipation in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Emphasis is on the use of primary sources and class discussion of assigned readings.

Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 101 - Barnett

A multidisciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the pertinent issues that determine or affect the concept of identity in Latin American and Caribbean societies through a study of their geography, history, politics, economics, literature, and culture. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework or overview to enhance understanding in the students' future courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of Latin American and Caribbean study.

Directed Individual Study

PORT 403 - Pinto-Bailey

The nature and content of the course is determined by the students' needs and by an evaluation of previous work. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2014 topic:

PORT 403: Directed Individual Study: Brazilian Culture and Civilization through Film (3). This course offers an overview of key aspects of Brazilian culture and civilization as seen through film, with supporting material drawn from literature and news articles. Students view, discuss, and analyze movies by Brazilian directors in order to develop an understanding of the culture and of issues that have shaped Brazilian society today. Some of the issues to be addressed include: the country's ethnic profile; racial relations; the 1964-85 military dictatorship and its aftermath; women and society; immigration and globalization. Students are exposed to these issues through film and develop critical tools to analyze movies in their thematic content and cinematic aspects. The course also offers students opportunities to improve their Portuguese language skills and develop their critical skills. (HU) Pinto-Bailey. Fall 2014

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Botta

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Michelson

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 340 - Barnett

A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.

Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present

SPAN 354 - Botta

This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.


Spring 2014

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FS: First-Year Seminar

LIT 180 - Pinto-Bailey

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Spring 2014 topic:

LlT 180: First-year Seminar: The Female Self and Society: Latin American Women Writers (4). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing. A historical overview of Latin American women's writings, from the early 1900s to the present day. Students read, discuss and analyze literary works by some of the most important Latin American female authors, among them Victoria Ocampo (Argentina), Maria Luisa Bombal (Chile), Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Elena Poniatowska (Mexico), and Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic and U.S.). All literary genres are studied: poetry, narrative fiction, essay, and drama. (HL) Pinto-Bailey.