LAS 319 • GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course uses a geographical perspective to introduce the diverse environments and peoples of Latin America. There are no prerequisites and every effort will be made to make the material accessible to a broad range of students. Advanced students will benefit from the exploration of topics such as conservation, frontiers, ecology, environmental hazards, Native American lifeways, natural resource management, the role of Latin America in the global economy, population, cities, sustainable development, geopolitics, landforms, and cultural survival. This class can serve as basic preparation for travel, business, government service, journalism, or volunteer work in Latin America, as well as elementary or secondary school teaching. The course can be used towards 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. 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. The course may not be used towards the Area C requirement (some other courses in geography do meet this requirement). Options for the project will be discussed in class.
Exams will be structured in such a way as to test knowledge of locations (with map questions), concepts, and explanations. The tests contain objective, map, and short-answer essay type questions. The student is responsible for all material in the readings, assigned web pages, and lectures, including maps and other graphics. Map quizzes: 15% Attendance: 5% Midterm: 30% Project: 15% Final Exam: 35% (Attendance Required)
David L. Clawson: Latin America and the Caribbean: Lands and Peoples (McGraw-Hill), Third Edition. Electronic Reserve Readings. Access by user id and password, to be announced in class at an appropriate time. The readings will be in pdf (adobe acrobat) form and should be readable on campus computers as well as many home computers.