History | Latin American Culture and Civilization II
H212 | 13349 | A. Saitta

Above class meets Culture Studies credit
Above class meets with LTAM-L 211

This course will survey the history of Latin America from the early
nineteenth century to the present. It will examine the regionís
relationship to colonialism, modernization, race and ethnicity,
nationalism, revolution, populism, and neoliberalism. The core
elements of the course are framed by two competing perspectives. On
the one hand we will concentrate on the political and cultural
markers that define the various periods used to characterize broad
changes and the history of the region writ large. On the other hand
we will investigate everyday people and their lives in distinct
parts of the regions at different moments in the past two hundred
years. The first of these perspectives is geared towards following
and making sense of the very complex and broad cultural, political,
and economic changes that have transformed the region since the
early nineteenth century. The second provides glimpses into the real
world effects of those shifts, helps us understand their causes, and
provides an opportunity to think about the ways in which the
personal interacts with the political in diverse corners of the

Course Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. The course approaches
the study of Latin America using methods drawn from history,
anthropology, sociology, gender studies, and cultural studies.
Throughout the course students will engage selected readings and
investigate core themes by exploring a variety of sources, such as
original documents, videos, photographs and other types of primary
source material in order to compliment assigned readings. Further
requirements include short response papers, critical media analysis,
and active in-class participation.