HIS 306N • Key Ideas & Issues in Latin America
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America. With more than 20 nations and a total population of over 500 million, Latin America is an area of fascinating cultural diversity as well as troubling socioeconomic inequality.
The course aims to acquaint students with the richness, complexity and diversity of historical experiences and cultural practices in Latin America through an array of source materials that include historical monographs, ethnography, testimonial literature, fiction, musicn, film, and documentaries. Through a sample of case studies culled from throughout the region, the course will shed light on the processes, structures, and forces that have shaped Latin America. Topics include: pre-Columbian civilizations, Iberian expansionism and the Conquest of Latin America; Church in colonial Latin America; sugar plantations in Brazil and the trans-Atlantic slave trade; Independence movements in Latin America; agro-export economies; U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean Basin; populism, urbanization , and import-substitution industrialization; popular culture, art, literature and music; revolutionary alternatives; the Cold War in Latin America and state-sponsored violence; international migration and transnationalism.