LAS 366 • 2-LATIN AMERICA BEFORE 1810
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
In this course we will focus on learning the basic structures of the Quechua language (the Cusco-Collao variety of South Central Peru to Northern Argentina). The vocabulary and phrases in the exercises and dialogues in the textbook involves situations in which you would be traveling and/or residing in areas where Quechua is spoken. You could apply the Quechua learned in this course in several ways, among them, preparation for field work or institutional employment (Non-Government Organizations) in the Andean Republics, and the reading of historical documents, lexical and literary works, most notably, the Huarochiri manuscript.? We will complement our language learning and discussion of Andean culture by reading two ethnographies of contemporary highland Indian communites in the Department of Cusco, Peru. In addition, instructional materials are available for students who wish to apply their knowledge of Quechua gained in the course to the Quichua variety of Ecuador. The class will be conducted in English and the instructional materials (textbook and handouts) are also printed in English. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable, but not necessary, as two of the four scheduled videos in Spanish are accompanied by a viewing guide.