Latin American Studies | CONTEMPORARY PROB LATIN AMERICA
L301 | 3103 | Guardino, P.


Above section carries culture studies credit
Students may enroll in optional Spanish speaking discussion, LTAM
L305
Above section meets with HIST H212

This course will survey the history of Latin America from the early
nineteenth century to the present.  Although we will survey almost
two centuries of history, the second half of the course will be
dedicated to the last fifty years, including a hard look at Latin
America today.  Certainly we will pay politics and government their
due, but our emphasis will be on social history, the forces that
shape everyday life and the way people make sense of their lives.
Latin America’s last two centuries have been dominated by the
construction of national states and the evolution of capitalist
economies.  The course will focus on how social movements both
reflected and drove these two major transformations.  We will
investigate the social and environmental implications of various
models of economic development, the opportunities and problems which
result from economic ties to wealthy countries, changing patterns of
ethnicity, gender, and class in Latin America, and the efforts of
Latin American people to construct stable and equitable political
systems.  The general approach of the course will be thematic but
examples will be drawn from the histories of various Latin American
countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua,
Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba.  Students will complete
three exams and some short writing exercises.