Latin American Studies Courses

Latin American Studies

This program looks at the diverse regions consisting of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America through the history, politics, language, and culture of their peoples. Students with a minor in Latin American studies must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 and 300 levels as laid out in the program description, with at least one course at the 300 level. Note that some courses have language prerequisites that must be satisfied before enrolling in those courses.

LAM 105. Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
This course will introduce students to many cultural, social, and political aspects of the region of the world known as Latin America. Beginning with the various views of what is meant by "Latin American," the course will give students a more complete picture of the heterogeneous identities of the area. Taking an interdisciplinary, broad approach to regional studies, the course will explore the diverse artistic movements, social organizations, and political institutions that have shaped Latin America in the past and continue to define its present. Students with advanced Spanish-language skills are encouraged to take SP 296 along with this course. Fall semester. HLLC Department.

LAM 125 / HIS 125. Latin American History: From Pre-Columbian Era to Independence (3 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
This course examines Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to the independence era. Topics to be discussed include pre-Columbian social dynamics, European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples, slavery, gender dynamics, colonial economies, and the independence movements. Fall semester. Amador.

LAM 226. Women, Peace and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice (3 Cr.) 
Examination of women's participation in the human rights, social, and economic movements. Focus on understanding if, why, and under what circumstances gender becomes a central force in the development of these movements. We will address three questions: Has the involvement of women helped to define the human rights movement in Latin America? To what extent have feminist theory and theories of the state accounted for the nature of women's protest? How and why were women instrumental in the political process that led from authoritarian to democratic rule in their countries? This course focuses primarily (but not exclusively) on women's movements in the southern cone countries: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil. Prerequisite: WS 150 and a HIS or LAM 100-level course. Spring semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. François.

LAM 264 / PSC 264. Latin American Politics (3 Cr.) 
An examination of the political process in Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin America is known as one region, yet the countries of Latin America are quite varied in their political systems, histories, and cultures. Students examine some of the important political, social, economic, and cultural processes in Latin America. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. PSC Department.

LAM 272Y. Intensive Course Abroad (4 Cr.) 
EMERGING MARKETS IN CUBA (BUS 272Y) This interdisciplinary course will allow students to gain a better understanding of Cuba's history, culture, politics, economics and changing business environment, as a country in transition from a firmly state-controlled market to a more open market. A semester-long pre-course at Goucher during the spring semester will introduce students to the economic structures and business models now in place in Cuba as well as the country's history and culture. This will be followed by a three-week intensive course in Cuba in June during which time students will visit Cuban businesses, large and small, will meet with local businessmen and businesswomen and will take part in various cultural excursions and activities. During the spring semester students will receive 1 credit for their work in the pre-course and, upon successful completion of the three-week ICA, they will receive an additional 3 credits cross-listed in Latin American Studies and Business Management. Prerequisite for LAM: LAM 105 or LAM 268 or instructor's permission. Prerequisite for BUS: BUS 231 or instructor's permission. Grossman, Murphy.

LAM 280. Selected Topics in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
An interdisciplinary approach to significant topics relating to contemporary Latin America. Specific topic for the semester to be announced in advance. Topics may include: Latino issues in the United States, Latin American cinema, Latin America and environmental issues, or revolutionary movements in Latin America. (For Peace Studies credit speak with your adviser). Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing. Fall semester. HLLC Department.

LAM 290. Internship in Latin American Studies (3-4 Cr.) 
Projects to further the career development of students. Projects may be undertaken in the United States or abroad with a government agency, business, or nonprofit organization. LAM 290 may not replace a course required for the minor. Graded pass/no pass only. Variable semesters. HLLC Department.

LAM 295 / HIS 295. Latin American History: National Period (4 Cr.)

This course examines the history of Latin America from the rise of independence movements in the early nineteenth century until the present. It focuses in particular on the formation of nation states and the social, political, and ideological issues that manifest in the development of these nations. The course will move chronologically exploring the creation of independent nations during the nineteenth century out of the crisis of Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires in the Americas, considering the consolidation of liberal political economies and challenges to these economies. Throughout the course the students will also analyze primary and secondary sources related to the course themes that highlight the experiences among others of immigrants, indigenous communities, and communities of African descent. Prerequisite: Completion of one semester of college or permission of the instructor. Amador.

LAM 308 / HIS 308. Seminar in Latino/a History (3 Cr.)

This seminar course investigates the history of Latino/as in three ways: 1. The course provides a background in the history of Latino/as in the United States. 2. It explores overlapping and intersecting histories of Latin American migration to the United States. 3. It also explores the use of life histories, memories, interviews, biographies and autobiographies as sources used by historians and other scholars to write about the history of Latin American migrations and the formation of Latino/a communities. Students in the course will explore the political, economic, social and cultural history of Latino/a communities and Latino/as through an investigation of the experiences of a variety of migrant groups including Mexican American or Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, El Salvadorans, Cubans, and Dominicans among others. Particular attention will be given to ways that race, gender and sexuality have also shaped the formation of Latino/a communities by specifically addressing the experiences of Latino/as of indigenous and African descent as well as histories of women and LGBTQ Latino/as. Prerequisite: Completion of one 200 level course or permission of the instructor. Amador. 

LAM 310. Seminar in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) 
This course is an interdisciplinary research seminar. Through selected readings and critical analysis students will explore themes related to history, society, politics, and culture of Latin American. Prerequisite: SP 235, LAM 105 or HIS 125, or permission of instructor. Spring. Cortés-Conde, Murphy.

LAM 380. Independent Work in Latin American Studies (1-4 Cr.) 
Students will work with a professor to design an advanced research project on a topic of their choosing. An independent study may not replace a course required for the major or the minor. Fall and Spring semesters. HLLC Department.

LAM 105. Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
This course will introduce students to many cultural, social, and political aspects of the region of the world known as Latin America. Beginning with the various views of what is meant by "Latin American," the course will give students a more complete picture of the heterogeneous identities of the area. Taking an interdisciplinary, broad approach to regional studies, the course will explore the diverse artistic movements, social organizations, and political institutions that have shaped Latin America in the past and continue to define its present. Students with advanced Spanish-language skills are encouraged to take SP 296 along with this course. Fall semester. Department.

LAM 125. Latin American History: From Pre-Columbian Era to Independence (3 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
This course examines Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to the independence era. Topics to be discussed include pre-Columbian social dynamics, European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples, slavery, gender dynamics, colonial economies, and the independence movements. Fall semester.

LAM 226. Women, Peace and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice (3 Cr.) 
Examination of women's participation in the human rights, social, and economic movements. Focus on understanding if, why, and under what circumstances gender becomes a central force in the development of these movements. We will address three questions: Has the involvement of women helped to define the human rights movement in Latin America? To what extent have feminist theory and theories of the state accounted for the nature of women's protest? How and why were women instrumental in the political process that led from authoritarian to democratic rule in their countries? This course focuses primarily (but not exclusively) on women's movements in the southern cone countries: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil. Prerequisite: WS 150 and a HIS or LAM 100-level course. Spring semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. François.

LAM 264. Latin American Politics (3 Cr.) 
An examination of the political process in Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin America is known as one region, yet the countries of Latin America are quite varied in their political systems, histories, and cultures. Students examine some of the important political, social, economic, and cultural processes in Latin America. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters.Department.

LAM 272Y. Intensive Course Abroad (4 Cr.) 
  EMERGING MARKETS IN CUBA (BUS 272Y) This interdisciplinary course will allow students to gain a better understanding of Cuba's history, culture, politics, economics and changing business environment, as a country in transition from a firmly state-controlled market to a more open market. A semester-long pre-course at Goucher during the spring semester will introduce students to the economic structures and business models now in place in Cuba as well as the country's history and culture. This will be followed by a three-week intensive course in Cuba in June during which time students will visit Cuban businesses, large and small, will meet with local businessmen and businesswomen and will take part in various cultural excursions and activities. During the spring semester students will receive 1 credit for their work in the pre-course and, upon successful completion of the three-week ICA, they will receive an additional 3 credits cross-listed in Latin American Studies and Business Management. Prerequisite for LAM: LAM 105 or LAM 268 or instructor's permission. Prerequisite for BUS: BUS 231 or instructor's permission. Grossman, Murphy.

LAM 280. Selected Topics in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
An interdisciplinary approach to significant topics relating to contemporary Latin America. Specific topic for the semester to be announced in advance. Topics may include: Latino issues in the United States, Latin American cinema, Latin America and environmental issues, or revolutionary movements in Latin America. (For Peace Studies credit speak with your adviser). Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Department.

LAM 290. Internship in Latin American Studies (3-4 Cr.) 
Projects to further the career development of students. Projects may be undertaken in the United States or abroad with a government agency, business, or nonprofit organization. LAM 290 may not replace a course required for the minor. Graded pass/no pass only. Variable semesters. Department.

LAM 295. Latin American History: National Period (4 Cr.) (LER - DIV)(LER - TXT)
This course examines the history of Latin America from the rise of independence movements in the early nineteenth century until the present. It focuses in particular on the formation of nation states and the social, political, and ideological issues that manifest in the development of these nations. The course will move chronologically exploring the creation of independent nations during the nineteenth century out of the crisis of Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires in the Americas, considering the consolidation of liberal political economies and challenges to these economies. These histories will provide a framework for a final section exploring the twentieth century that will focus on dictatorships and the neoliberal order in the region, as well as social and political movement that challenged them. Within the context of this chronological framework we will draw from a wide range of case studies that will include the history of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Andean Republics and Central America. These case studies will allow us to examine closely the changes and continuities in Latin American societies during the national period. We will use these examples to explore recent historical approaches to this history that have highlighted the importance of exploring gender and race in these histories. Throughout the course the students will also analyze primary and secondary sources related to the course themes that highlight the experiences among others of immigrants, indigenous communities, and communities of African descent. By the end of the semester students will have read widely on the history of Latin American nations, examined the experiences of various groups within the region, and written about and interpreted these histories. Students new to the field of History are welcomed in the class; no prior knowledge of Latin American history is required or expected. Prerequisite: one semester of college experience of permission of instructor. Spring 2016. Offered every year or every other year. Amador.

LAM 308. Seminar in Latino/a History (4 Cr.) 
What does it mean to explore the history of Latino/as from a transnational perspective? This seminar course investigates the history of Latino/as in three ways: 1. The course provides a background in the history of Latino/as in the United States. 2. It explores overlapping and intersecting histories of Latin American migration to the United States. 3. It also explores the use of life histories, memories, interviews, biographies and autobiographies as sources used by historians and other scholars to write about the history of Latin American migrations and the formation of Latino/a communities. Students in the course will explore the political, economic, social and cultural history of Latino/a communities and Latino/as through an investigation of the experiences of a variety of migrant groups including Mexican American or Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, El  Salvadorans, Cubans, and Dominicans among others. Particular attention will be given to ways that race, gender and sexuality have also shaped the formation of Latino/a communities by specifically addressing the experiences of Latino/as of indigenous and African descent as well as histories of women and LGBTQ Latino/as. Through a close reading of texts that draw on oral histories, memoirs, and interviews students will examine migration from a transnational perspective by considering the migration experiences of many Latino/a communities and the ways in which transnational networks have conditioned their experiences in the United States. We will examine the reasons migrants left behind their homes, the ways they migrated, and their experiences in the United States. Together we will explore how these stories document imperial expansion, the redrawing of national borders, as well as labor recruitment, wars of occupation, and responses to economic and political instability that resulted in the growth of a "Latino/a" population in the United States. Moreover, we will explore the politics of defining a "Latino/a" identity and the other forms of ethnic, racial and local identities that have been used to define or redefine Latin American peoples.  Prerequisite: one 200-level History class or sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. First offered Spring 2016. Amador.

LAM 310. Seminar in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) 
This course is an interdisciplinary research seminar. Through selected readings and critical analysis students will explore themes related to history, society, politics, and culture of Latin American. Prerequisite: SP 235, LAM 105 or HIS 125, or permission of instructor. Spring. Cortés-Conde, Murphy.

LAM 380. Independent Work in Latin American Studies (1-4 Cr.) 
Students will work with a professor to design an advanced research project on a topic of their choosing. An independent study may not replace a course required for the major or the minor. Fall and Spring semesters. Department.