College Of Arts And Sciences | Perspectives on Gender in Latin America
S104 | 0223 | Diaz, A.

The purpose of this course is to examine the concept of gender as a
category of social analysis in Latin American history. This class
will explore how gender has been socially constructed and how it has
served to establish unequal power relations at specific times and in
specific places. Through various theoretical explanations and
perspectives, the course will analyze ways in which the study of
gender has enriched our understanding of law, politics, economy,
ideology, sexuality, gender relations, colonialism, mobilization, and
resistance at macro levels within our society, as well as at the
micro level of the individual. These abstractions will be made more
tangible through analysis of the concrete experiences of men and
women as revealed in testimonies, pictures, political caricatures,
films, documentaries, and scholarly essays. We will address how women
and men deal with conflict and negotiate the contradictions in their
daily lives created by gender-based social norms, and how little by
little, through their actions, they transform society and themselves.
We will study both women and men as agents of history.

As a First Year Intensive Seminar, this course not only will expose
students to different scholarly perspectives used in the historical
study of gender, but more importantly will help students to develop
the core academic skills necessary for successful college-level
work.  While the course focuses on history as a discipline, the
instructor will emphasize the basic skills of close and careful
reading, thorough and meticulous research, and clear and persuasive
academic writing.  Most of this training will be centered on the
production of an interpretive paper in which students will apply one
theoretical approach to the analysis of an English-language primary
source.  Throughout every step of the research and writing process,
students will have frequent one-on-on interaction with the
instructor.  In addition, students will hand-in five well-organized
essays discussing the main argument(s) for a number of readings
during the semester.