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Courses in Latin American Studies

LAS Spring 2016 Schedule of Courses

Please note that any courses not cited as cross-listed with LAS are already in our catalogue and will already count for LAS credit. If you have any questions, please feel free to make an appointment to talk with Betsy Konefal [[bokone]] about your schedule.

Latin Ameican Studies Courses for Spring 2016

LAS 100 – 01, crn 24438, Latin America Music & Ritual Since 1491, Professor Michael Iyanaga, MW  2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, Ewell Hall 154

This first-year COLL 100 course explores more than 500 years of the beliefs and musical practices in the region we now know as Latin America. The core questions of the course are: How does belief shape our realities? And what role can music play in this process? By way of texts, lectures, discussions, audio recordings, films, and performances, the course investigates the musical rituals of pre-Columbian groups (such as the Inka and Mexica) and colonial societies as well as of contemporary Latin Americans and diasporic groups.

COLL 100, LAS elective, 4 credits, crosslisted in MUSC and RELG

LAS 132-01, crn 24043, Latin American History since 1824, Professor Betsy Konefal, TR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Blair 201

COLL 200 Culture, Society, Individual, GE 4B, LAS core or History concentration or elective, crosslist HIST 132

LAS 290 – 01, crn 23726, Intro to Hispanic Studies, Professor Silvia Tandeciarz, TH 2-3:20, Blow Hall 334

GE5, LAS HISP concentration or elective, crosslist HISP 281

LAS 290 – 02, crn 24044, Intro to Hispanic Studies, Professor Teresa Longo, TH 2-3:20, Tucker 111

GE5, LAS HISP concentration or elective, crosslist HISP 281

LAS 290-03, crn 24045, Brazilian Music Ensemble, Professor Michael Iyanaga, M 6-7:50, Ewell 207

1 credit

GE6 Creative & Performing Arts, 1 credit, crosslist MUSC E99-01

LAS 390 – 01, crn 22715, US Interventions Latin America, Professor Richard Turits, TH, 9:30 am - 10:50 am, Blair 223

LAS HIST concentration or elective, crosslist HIST 312

This course will explore the history of U.S. interventions around the globe from 1898 to the present, focusing primarily on Latin America. These include formal colonial takeovers, military occupations, covert operations, and humanitarian assistance. Has the U.S. government forged its own mode of empire through dozens of such interventions? We will assess both the stated and unstated goals of U.S. interventions since 1898 and their short- and long-term effects.

LAS 390 – 02, 23984, Race, Gender & Popular Culture in Brazil, Professor William FIsher, MW 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, TBA

LAS ANTH concentration or elective, crosslist ANTH 332

LAS 390 – 03, crn 23985, Issues in Mexican Culture, Professor Teresa Longo, MW 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm, Andrews 201

LAS HISP concentration or elective, crosslist HISP 322

LAS 390-04, 24048, Nature and Empire, Professor Jorge L Terukina, MW 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, Washington 317

COLL 200, LAS HISP concentration or elective, crosslist HISP 390

LAS 390-05, 24049, Politics of Developing Countries, Professor Rani Mullen, TR 3:30-4:50, Morton 1

LAS GOVT concentration or elective, cross list GOVT 312-01

LAS 390-06, 24439, International Political Economy, Professor Tun-Jen Cheng, TR 9:30-10:50, Morton 38

LAS GOVT concentration or elective, cross list govt 328-01

LAS 390-07, 24744, International Political Economy, Professor Tun-Jen Cheng, TR 11-12:20, Morton 38

LAS GOVT concentration or elective, cross list govt 328-02

LAS 390-08, 24956, Caribbean Archaeology, Professor Frederick Smith, TR 11-12:20, Jones 306

LAS ANTH concentration or elective, cross list with ANTH 458-01

LAS 400, 24050, Immersion Experience in Latin American Studies

Instructor Permission Required, 0 credits, LAS requirement

LAS 440 – 01, crn 23901, Comm Health in Dominican Rep (SOMOS), Professor David Aday, M 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm Blow Memorial Hall 333          

LAS Sociology concentration or elective, crosslist SOCL 440

LAS 440 – 02, crn 23902, Community Health in Nicaragua (MANOS), Professor David Aday, Thurs. 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm, Millington Hall 211

LAS Sociology concentration or elective, crosslist SOCL 440

LAS 440-04, The Conquest of Mexico, Professor Ryan Kashanipour, T 2-4:50, Swem G31A

LAS History concentration, crosslist HIST 414 - 02

This course examines the histories of native peoples in Mexico and Central America under colonial rule. This course takes a long view of the so-called Spanish Conquest of Mexico to look at the social, cultural, environmental, and political interactions of natives and Europeans in Mesoamerica. Although frequently relegated to the margins of history, native peoples were central to the construction of Early Modern empires. Aztecs and Mayas, in particular, operated as the economic and social foundation of colonial Mexico, but also as critical components of the Spanish Empire.

LAS 450 – 01, crn 22632, Histories of Cuban Revolution, Professor Richard Turits, TR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

LAS HIST concentration or elective, LAS Major Seminar, 4 credits, crosslist HIST 491C.

In 1959, Cuba shocked the world by becoming the site of one of the world's most dramatic revolutions, suddenly transforming the basic structures of society and variously inspiring and terrifying people around the globe with new visions and possibilities. The Cuban Revolution terminated the island's capitalist economy and envisaged the elimination of all social and economic inequalities, including those based on race and gender. At the same time, the Revolution failed to establish or even espouse electoral democracy and civil rights. This course treats the Cuban Revolution in the broader context of Cuban history.

LAS 450 – 02, crn 23895, Cultures of Dictatorship, Professor Silvia Tandeciarz, MW 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm, Washington 302

LAS HISP concentration or elective, LAS Major Seminar, crosslist HISP 481.

This course addresses the impact on cultural production of recent dictatorial regimes in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Includes study of literature, film and testimonio, historical documents and art.

LAS 450 – 03, crn 23986, Portraits Colonial Era, Professor Susan Webster, T 2-4:50, College Apartments 5

Does the idea of colonial portraits sound stuffy and antiquated to you? Be advised, this is not your grandmother’s portraiture class. This seminar adopts a visual culture approach to comparative colonialisms in the Americas, north and south, that explores portraiture as a social practice across a spectrum of methodologies and approaches: in terms of cultural constructs, identity politics, gender issues, race, status, and power; and across typologies, from political, moral, and religious to allegorical, ethnographic, and cartographic. We will visit several local collections over the course of the semester.

LAS 450-04, crn 24051, Performing Across the Diaspora, Professor James Patrick Padilioni, MW 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, College Apartments 9

This class will examine festivals and rituals as a prism to reveal how the dynamics of slavery and its legacies are embedded within and structure the cultural performances of African-descended peoples throughout the the footprint of the Diaspora. Course includes examples from South America, the Caribbean, and the United States, such as the Catholic/Santería shrine of Nuestra Señora de Caridad in Miami, Nyabinghi Rastafari drum ceremonies in Jamaica, Carnaval in Brazil, and more.

Courses Spring 2016 that also count for Latin American Studies credit:

ECON 475 International Trade Theory

Section 01, crn 20072, Feldman, MWF 9:00 am - 9:50 am, Morton 342

Section 02, crn 21510, Lopresti TR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm, Millington 25

LAS ECON concentration or elective

ECON 483, crn 22206, Development Economics, Professor Admasu Shiferaw Seyoum, TR 11am-12:20 pm, Millington 25

LAS ECON concentration or elective

GOVT 322-01* Global Environmental Governance, Professor Daniel Maliniak

Section 01, crn 22514, MWF 9-9:50

Section 02, crn 22515, MWF 10-10:50

LAS GOVT concentration or elective

*if students choose Latin American research focus in course

HISP 150-01, crn 24879, Cuba: Culture & Identity, Professor Ann Marie Stock, MW 2-3:20, James Blair Hall 213

College 150, First-Year Seminar, 4 credits, LAS HISP concentration or elective

This course traces Cubanía, or the construction of “Cuban-ness,” over the past several decades. We will examine the production and circulation of various forms of expression including film, photography, fiction, poetry, travelogues, and essays. The trajectory of Cuban culture and identities will be mapped by emphasizing three moments of turbulence and transition: the Revolution and transformative 1960s, the Special Period and uncertain 1990s, and the present-day move to normalize diplomatic relations with the U.S.

HISP 290-01, crn 23812, Central American Short Story for Community Literacy, Professor Jonathan Arries, MWF 12-12:50, Washington 310,

LAS HISP concentration or elective

Students learn to analyze and interpret orally this genre for community literacy programming, as in adolescent or adult education. We study the sociopolitical context of several countries, evolutionary and revolutionary understandings of literature, and prepare short stories as a teaching tool. Background readings are in English, class discussion and literature is in Spanish.

HISP 389-01, crn 22465, New Media Workshop, Professor Ann Marie Stock, W 3:30-6, Wren 2014,

Instructor Permission Required, LAS HISP concentration or elective

This project-based course is designed to engage students in exploring dramatic changes in Cuba’s film and media landscape and team up with a community media organization, Television Serrana, on the island. Students will collaborate to subtitle films, edit filmed interviews, curate a Cuban film poster exhibit, and create an original documentary about the experience. There will likely be an optional opportunity for some students in the course to travel to Cuba over spring break. This course is taught in English. One or more of the following skill sets are desirable: experience working with creative media technologies, Spanish language proficiency, knowledge of Hispanic cultures, familiarity with Cuban cinema.

SOCL 313 – 01, crn 21726, Globalization & Intl Development, Professor Amy Adams Quark, MW 2-3:20, Morton 1

LAS Sociology concentration or elective; College 200, GE4B Hist/Cult outside EurTrad, PUBP Elective

SOCL 361-01,* crn 23543, Social Movements/Social Change, Professor Thomas Linneman, TR 12:30-1:50, TBA

*if students choose Latin American research focus in course 

*** For registration: please check the college schedules against these courses because room designations and times may be subject to change.