An introduction to the
fascinating and diverse region that stretches from the Mexican border
to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. Society and culture of the Latin
American countries. Literature, art, music, sports, economics and
politics. Racial and ethnic relations. Terrorism and the drug trade.
Latin American films will be shown and discussed.
This course can be counted towards the Sociology major or the Criminal
Justice Major (for the multicultural or non-western requirement).
It also counts toward the minor
in Latin American Studies. Registration is through the Summer School,
the course is listed under foreign language departments. .
Special Topics in Latin American Studies:
Latin America Yesterday and Today (Cr.3)
50:590:291:Sec.A1:83879 Arm 207
5/30-6/22 M,Tu,W,Th 8:00AM-10:40AM Goertzel
We will meet from 8 to 10:40 a.m.,
Monday through Thursday. It is
important to attend regularly, in part because we will make extensive
use of visual media, including video and
films, and these may not be available for students who miss a class. The core
textbook will be Ronaldo Munck's Contemporary
Latin America. We will also read Fernando Henrique Cardoso's
The Accidental President of Brazil, an insightful and entertaining
memoir. Some additional readings will be
posted on the Internet or distributed in class.
Grading will be based on class participation, quizzes and a final
examination. Students may earn extra credit by preparing a
presentation for the class on an approved topic.
The following schedule may be revised, depending in part on the
interests of the students in the class. For information on the
films, see Video
for the Latin American Studies Course. Please try to do
as much of the reading as possible before each class to facilitate
discussion. I realize this may not be possible the first week
unless I am able to contact you by email in advance.
Tuesday, May 30:
Lecture and slide pesentation. Video:Central Station
Wednesday, May 31 - Historical Overview
Reading: Munck, pages 1-42; Cardoso,
pages 1-55. Video:
Thursday June 1 - Corruption, Leadership, and
Reading: Cardoso, 57-102. Video:
Hugo Chavez and the New Latin America;