LAS 310 • 2-LAT AM CIV: NATL EXPERIENCE
|36410 to 36415||Multiple Sections||
The vast area covered by this term includes a tremendous diversity of languages, cultures, and experiences. This course is designed to help students understand the complexities of the region- what the nations of Latin America have in common, and what makes them distinct. This course will begin with the wars of the early nineteenth century, during which most of the Latin American nations won their independence from Spain and Portugal. We will examine the societies that emerged from these conflicts and the challenges they faced. Specifically, we will investigate the political systems that evolved following independence, the economic successes and failures different countries met, and the manner in which they tackled the difficult issues of race, class, and gender. All of these issues still remain relevant in the present day, and we shall analyze the ways in which choices made in the past have affected the present day. Grading will be based on two mid-term essay exams, class discussion, a map assignment, and a final exam.