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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2010

HIS 306N • FILM/HIST IN LAT AMER: MODERN

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39205
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TWINAM

Course Description

THE PURPOSE OF THIS COURSE IS TWOFOLD. ONE IS TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO THE CURRENT HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA THROUGH AN EXPLORATION OF CONTEMPORARY REVOLUTIONS. THE TERM "REVOLUTION" IS CONSTRUED WIDELY TO ENCOMPASS NOT ONLY REVOLUTIONS FROM THE LEFT, SUCH AS CUBA, BUT THOSE FROM THE RIGHT (ARGENTINA). ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS DEFINITION ARE MOVEMENTS THAT BRING REVOLUTIONS IN MORES, ATTITUDES, OR GENDER ROLES. THE SECOND PURPOSE OF THIS COURSE IS TO USE VARYING GENRES TO PROVOKE DISCUSSION AS TO THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF DISTINCT METHODOLOGIES. STUDENTS WILL STUDY EACH TOPIC USING THREE DISTINCT SOURCES. THEY WILL WATCH A FILM ON EACH SUBJECT, AND A DOCUMENTARY, AND THEN THEY WILL SUPPLEMENT THIS VISUAL APPROACH WITH SELECTED READINGS AND CLASS DISCUSSIONS. ONE GOAL OF THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS TO THINK CRITICALLY AS TO THE PARTICULAR STRENGTHS AND BIASES OF EACH OF THESE VISUAL AND WRITTEN SOURCES.

Grading Policy

GRADE PAPERS 3/5 DISCUSSION 1/5 PAPER 1/5

Texts

ASSIGNED READINGS DONALD STEVENS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY: LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY AT THE MOVIES, SCHOLARLY RESOURCES, 1998 STUDENTS WILL READ 50-70 PP PER WEEK ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE TAILORED TO THE FILMS/DOCUMENTARIES AND PUT ON BLACKBOARD. A SAMPLE FOR ONE OF THE FILMS: EL NORTE READINGS: LOS MOJADOS, THE WETBACK STORY PP. 71-80, PP. 107-127. RITA SIMON AND MARGO DELEY, "THE WORK EXPERIENCE OF UNDOCUMENTED MEXICAN WOMEN MIGRANTS IN LOS ANGELES," INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION REVIEW VOL. XVIII (1984): 1212-29 TED CONOVER, COYOTES: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SECRET WORLD OF AMERICA'S ILLEGAL ALIENS (NEW YORK, 1987), PP 191-246

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