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LATI 50:

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)

Examinations/Papers

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.  

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