Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAS 2001
SECTION 1147, CLASS # 14516

Days: Tuesdays, 5:10 – 6:00 pm
Thursdays, 5:10 – 7:05 pm

Location: Little Hall 0113

Making up the bulk of the Western Hemisphere, Latin America is a region as diverse as it is fascinating. The U.S. media tends to portray the region as little more than a collection of tourist hot spots and as the source of immigrants, athletes, musicians, and drugs. News often focus on corruption, political chaos, economic instability, and violence. But with over half billion inhabitants, diverse economic resources, and political and demographic ties to the U.S., it is important to understand Latin America (together with the Caribbean) as far more layered than we see on the news.

This course offers an introduction to Latin America/Caribbean by exploring the history, cultures, and contemporary issues facing this multifaceted region as a whole, as well as individual nations. Part of the course will focus on U.S.-Latin America relations and interactions—both as states and as peoples. Throughout the semester, we will attend to race, class, and gender as inequalities that are important dimensions for understanding social life and communities.


Details forthcoming