History | Masculinities in Latin America
J300 | 2859 | Diaz


J300:  Also open to non-majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
registration in COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only

What does it mean to be a man at different times and societies in
Latin America? This course aims at analyzing how different forms of
masculinity were socially constructed from colonial to modern times.
We will study how a particular version of hegemonic masculinity and
subordinate forms of masculinity and femininity not only coexisted,
but also challenged and influenced each other.  The behavior and
ideas of some Latin American men will be studied through the use of
personal accounts, public speeches, media, and movies.  We will also
read theoretical works by anthropologists and sociologists on the
subject.

As a Writing Intensive Course, this class not only will expose
students to different scholarly perspectives used in the historical
study of masculinities but more importantly will help students to
further 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 interpretative paper based on primary
sources printed in English.  Throughout every step of the research
and writing process, students will have frequent one-on-one
interaction with the instructor.