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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2004

LAS 386 • SOCL AND ECON HIST OF LAT AMER

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36782 TH
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 1.320
BROWN, J

Course Description

The seminar serves to impart to its participants an appreciation of the reciprocal influence of economic and social structure in the history of modern Latin America. Through the medium of original research, each student will learn about economic and social developments as well as the sources for their study. He or she will explore the issues of social and economic history, develop and execute a research project, accomplish research in primary materials, write a major research paper, present his/her own work, and critique that of others. Everyone will write an analysis of a book about Chilean textile workers and prepare a proposal for their research project. In all the written assignments, the student-writer should be interested in logical organization and clear exposition as well as in a critical evaluation of the interaction between economic and social history. These writing exercises and the instructor's critique of them will prepare the student for the most important assignment — the research paper. A few words about research discipline: Graduate students should expect to attend all classes and interviews scheduled for this seminar. They will turn in the written assignments on time. Because research and writing constitute the most important features of post-graduate education, no other activities should take precedence over the research project that students undertake during this semester.

Grading Policy

Book analysis of Winn -- 10 % or 100 points Research proposal -- 10 % or 100 points Research project -- 80 % or 800 points

Texts

Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution

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