Latin American Studies Courses
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.
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.
Latin American Politics
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.
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. Murphy, Cortés-Conde
Intensive Course Abroad
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.
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, or revolutionary movements in Latin America (for peace studies credit talk to your adviser). Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Department.
Internship in Latin American Studies
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.
Seminar in Latin American Studies
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.
Independent Work in Latin American Studies
Students will work with a professor to design an advanced research project on a topic of their choosing. Fall and Spring semesters. Department.