INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICA
Winter 2011TuTh 3:30-5:00
This course offers an interdisciplinary overview of society and culture in Latin America -- Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Topics include the legacies of conquest, patterns of economic development, changing roles of women, expressions of popular culture, cycles of political change, and U.S.-Latin American relations.
Course requirements include:
1. regular attendance at lectures/discussions;
2. assigned readings from:
Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter H. Smith, and James N. Green, Modern Latin America, 7th edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)
The Website for Modern Latin America (MLA Website)
Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (New York: Knopf, 1983)
1. A mid-term examination (33 percent of final grade); and
2. A three-hour final examination (67 percent of final grade).
3. Students also have the option of submitting a 6-to-10 page paper by Tuesday, March 1st. (This could count for 30 percent of the course grade, with 20 percent for the midterm and 50 percent for the final exam). Guarantee: You cannot hurt your grade if you write this paper.