Latin American Studies Courses

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 its people. 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.)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (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 226 - Women, Peace and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice (3 Cr.)
(GEN. ED. #10) (WS 226 and PCE 226) 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: sophomore standing. Variable semesters. François.


LAM 268 - Latin American History: Pre-Columbian to the Present (4 Cr.)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER - DIV) (HIS 268) This course examines the history of the region from the dynamics of the pre-Columbian states through the patterns of European conquest and colonization, independence movements and the modern problems of political instability and economic development. Students with advanced Spanish-language skills are encouraged to take SP 296 along with this course. Spring semester. Murphy, Cortés-Conde


LAM 272Y - Intensive Course Abroad: Emerging Markets in Cuba (4 Cr.)
(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 seven-week 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 history of the revolution in that country. 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. Offered 2014. Grossman, Murphy.
 

LAM 280 - Selected Topics in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.)
(GEN. ED. #9 and #10) (LER-DIV) (PCE 280) 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, or revolutionary movements in Latin America (for peace studies credit talk to 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. Graded pass/no pass only. Variable semesters. Department.


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 LAM 268, 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 for the major or the minor. Fall and Spring semesters. Department.

 

LAM 105. Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (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 226. Women, Peace and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
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: sophomore standing. Variable semesters. 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 268. Latin American History: Pre-Columbian to the Present (4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER – DIV)
This course examines the history of the region from the dynamics of the pre-Columbian states through the patterns of European conquest and colonization, independence movements and the modern problems of political instability and economic development. Students with advanced Spanish-language skills are encouraged to take SP 296 along with this course. Spring semester. Cortés-Conde, Murphy.

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 seven-week 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 history of the revolution in that country. 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. Offered 2014. Grossman, Murphy.

LAM 280. Selected Topics in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9 and #10) (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 talk to 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. Graded pass/no pass only. Variable semesters. Department.

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 LAM 268, 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 for the major or the minor. Fall and Spring semesters. Department.