Course Offerings

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.

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.


Winter 2014

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Visual Culture in the Hispanic World, c. 1500-1700

ARTH 376 - Lepage

The 17th-century Golden Age was a period of unparalleled artistic achievement in the Hispanic world. This seminar investigates painting, sculpture and architecture of Spain and the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru from ca.1500 to the death of the last Spanish Habsburg king in 1700. Artists highlighted in this course include Titian, Juan de Herrera, El Greco, Velázquez, Guaman Poma, Miguel de Santiago, and Goya.

Special Topics in Environmental Studies

ENV 295 - Freitas

This courses examines special topics in environmental studies, such as ecotourism, the environment and development, local environmental issues, values and the environment, global fisheries, global climate change, tropical deforestation and similar topics of importance, which could change from year to year. This is a research-intensive course where the student would be expected to write a significant paper, either individually or as part of a group, of sufficient quality to be made useful to the scholarly and policy communities. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

ENV 295: Special Topic: Ecology of Amazonia (3). First six weeks. Prerequisite: ENV 110 or BIOL 111. Origins of the Amazon Basin. The course covers geological and hydrological aspects of this huge basin, including basic concepts of biodiversity and its measures and concepts of "river continuum" and "flood pulse". We also cover the origins and key factors of aquatic biodiversity in the Amazon basin and the natural and human threats to Amazonian biodiversity. Freitas. Winter 2014

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.

Topics in History for First-years and Sophomores

HIST 195 - Gildner

Selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 195: Introductory Seminar on Thomas Jefferson (4). A seminar focusing on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson: planter, slave owner, husband, father, author, legislator, diplomat, Secretary of State, Vice President, President, sage. It devotes much of its attention to his two terms as president and also examines his life before his election to the presidency in 1801 and after the expiration of his second term in office. We analyze his strengths and weaknesses, his successes and failures, and his legacy. Includes readings in primary and secondary sources, discussion, weekly essays, and optional tours of Monticello and Poplar Forest. (HU) Merchant. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-195: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3). This course examines the history of race and ethnicity in Latin America from the colonial past to the republican present. We focus on the origin and evolution of these contentious concepts and also explore how they operated in distinct local-historical contexts, generating social exclusion and, paradoxically, political inclusion. (HU) Gildner.

Fall 2013 topic:

HIST 195-01: Animal Behavior and Human Morality, 1800-present (3). This course deals with the history of the study of animal behavior in its bearing on human morality, from the beginning of the professionalization of the subject around 1800 till the present day. Time and again, tentative connections have been and are being made between the ways animals behave and how humans conduct themselves, thus conferring legitimacy on shared traits. The line of argument in making these linkages is simple and straightforward: if animals behave in certain ways, these ways are natural and therefore beyond reproach; if humans share these traits, they, too, are free of blame. Issues of gender and sexuality traditionally have been at the center of these considerations, but also marriage, the family, slavery, systems of government (monarchy, republic, etc.) have been argued for or against on the basis of animal examples. (HU) Rupke.

Nations and Nationalism

HIST 234 - Eastwood

This course examines the rise and global spread of national identity over the last five centuries by considering cases from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and using these to test major theories of nationalism from history and the social sciences. Major questions considered include the following: What, if any, are the empirically identifiable relationships between national identity and other major dimensions of "modernization," such as the rise of the modern state and industrial capitalism? Is nationalism a cause, consequence, or victim of "globalization"? Can we construct a theory of the spread of national identity that not only makes sense of macro-level patterns but also articulates clear "microfoundations" and identifiable causal mechanisms?

Capstone Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 396 - Barnett

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.

Interdisciplinary Research

LACS 422 - Barnett

Independent research into a topic centered within Latin America or the Caribbean, directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students are expected to share their work with the public through a public presentation.

International Development

POL 215 - Dickovick (Multiple Sections)

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.

Nations and Nationalism

SOC 234 - Eastwood

This course examines the rise and global spread of national identity over the last five centuries by considering cases from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and using these to test major theories of nationalism from history and the social sciences. Major questions considered include the following: What, if any, are the empirically identifiable relationships between national identity and other major dimensions of "modernization," such as the rise of the modern state and industrial capitalism? Is nationalism a cause, consequence, or victim of "globalization"? Can we construct a theory of the spread of national identity that not only makes sense of macro-level patterns but also articulates clear "microfoundations" and identifiable causal mechanisms?

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Mayock, Pinto-Bailey (Multiple Sections)

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

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398 - Barnett

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

SPAN 398: Beyond the Revolution: Artistic Expression in 20th-Century Mexico (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and either SPAN 215 or 275. This course examines the artistic reaction to the Mexican Revolution and seeks to understand the aesthetic impact on 20th-century Mexican artists from a wide variety of genres. The multi-genre approach includes examples from narrative, poetry, essay, and visual arts (murals and film), among others. As a broad survey of 20th-century Mexican masterpieces, the selected materials illustrate how different artists chose to approach, incorporate, and respond to the ideals and outcomes of Mexico's social and political revolution. Barnett.

Fall 2013 Topic:

SPAN 398-01: Spanish-American Seminar: Fictions of Self-Representation (3) Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and 275. The course examines forms of self-representation through the reading of literary and non-literary works. In addition to conceptual discussions of how artists use fictionalized forms of self-portraiture in diverse Latin-American contexts, special attention is paid to issues of subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and reader recognition, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. (HL) Botta.