LAS 319 • GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course is a general introduction to Latin American environments and peoples from a geographical perspective. There are no prerequisites, and an effort is made to make the material accessible to the broadest possible range of students. At the same time, more advanced students can benefit from the exploration of such topics as landscape ecology, environmental hazards, Native American lifeways and resource management, the insertion of Latin America in the global economy, population, cities, sustainable development, geopolitics, frontiers, conservation, and cultural survival. Numerous slides will illustrate each topic. Prerequisite: familiarity with the World Wide Web. The class can serve as a basic preparation for travel, business, government service, journalism or volunteer work in Latin America, as well as for elementary or secondary school teaching. This course can be used toward a major or minor in either Geography or Latin American Studies, and can be used by those seeking a teaching certificate in social studies or geography. This course is required of all Latin American Studies majors who do not take Economics 355. In Geography, the course meets the human geography core requirement, and is also appropriate for students taking the Cultural Geography, Global Studies, and General Geography tracks. The course can be used to meet the Area B requirement for the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. This course may not be used towards the Area C requirement (some other courses in geography do meet this requirement).
Exams will be structured in such a way as to test knowledge of locations (with map questions), concepts, explanations, and solutions. The tests contain objective, map, and short-answer essay type questions. The student is responsible for all the material in the readings, assigned web pages, and lectures, including maps, slides, and other graphics; however every effort will be made to clarify what will be covered in the exams. Map Quiz and Initial Exam (10%) Two Midterms (40%) Project (15%) Final Exam (35%) Thursday May 8 - Must attend!!!
Electronic Reserve Readings. Access by userid and password, to be announced in class at an appropriate time. The readings are in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) form and should be readable on campus computers as well as many home computers. David L. Clawson: Latin America and the Caribbean: Lands and Peoples (Second Edition, 2000, McGraw-Hill). This textbook is available for purchase at campus bookstores.