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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2009

SOC 308 • Introduction to the Sociology of Latin America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46419 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
CPE 2.212

Course Description

The course will be an introduction to key social problems in contemporary Latin American societies. The use of a comparative perspective within Latin American societies and between them and other nations in the developing world; as well as the focus on understanding the connections between the development trends of Latin American societies and some developed countries will be particularly useful in procuring the understanding of sociological problems. A social demography perspective will be very important in this course.

Grading Policy

2 partial examinations and a final comprehensive examination (to drop the lowest score)
3 homework assignments
4 quizzes (as extra-credit opportunities)


Weeks, John R., Population, An introduction to concepts and issues, 9th or 10th edition, Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth
Gallopin, Gilberto, Pablo Guttman, and Hector Maletta, "Global Impoverishment, Sustainable Development and the Environment: A Conceptual Approach," International Social Science Journal: vol. 41, pp. 375-397, 1989
Potter, Joseph E. and Roberto A Tuiran, "Population and Development: Then and Now," Pp. 249-268, Rethinking Development in Latin America, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State U Press, 2005
Roberts, Bryan and Alejandro Portes, "Coping with the Free Market City: Collective Action in Six Latin American Cities at the End of the Twentieth Century," Latin American Research Review, vol. 41, no. 2: pp. 57-83, 2006
Roberts, Bryan and Norman Long, "Changing Rural Scenarios and Research Agendas in Latin America in the New Century, Research in Rural Sociology and Development," vol. 11, pp. 57-90, 2005


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