Latin American Studies | Contemporary Problems in Latin America
L301 | 18054 | Peter Guardino


L301 Contemporary Problems Latin America (3cr)
Professor Peter Guardino
TR 4-5:15p     Room CH001
Topic: Latin American Culture and Civilization II

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.

L305 offers students an additional opportunity to polish their
Spanish skills by discussing the subjects of L301 in a biweekly,
Spanish-speaking discussion group.