Latin American Studies Course Descriptions
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.)
(WS 226) (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. Spring semester, alternate years.
LAM 264 - Latin American Politics (3 Cr.)
(PSC 264 ) 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.)
(HIS 268) (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
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, or revolutionary movements in Latin America. 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. Variable semesters. Cortés-Conde, Murphy.
LAM 321 - Atlantic Revolutions (3 Cr.)
(HIS 321) In the late 18th and 19th centuries, a series of revolutionary movements in North America, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean jolted the Atlantic world. This course explores the connections, similarities and differences between these movements. Prerequisite: two 200-level European and American history courses. Variable semesters. Hale.
LAM 380 - Independent Work in Latin American Studies (3 Cr.)Students will work with the professor to design an advanced research project on a topic of their choosing. Variable semesters. Department.