Latin American Studies | Contemporary Problems in Latin America
L301 | 9017 | McGraw

Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class meets with Hist-H212

This course will survey the history of Latin America from the early
nineteenth century to the present.  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, Central America, and Cuba.