Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies

LAS 6220
SECTION 0366, CLASS # 14539

Days: Mondays
Times: 4:05 – 7:05 pm
Location: Grinter Hall 376

Course description

This course introduces graduate students to political and social theory produced by Latin American scholars. We will read the work of some classic and contemporary social and political theorists, philosophers, and social scientist focusing on three broad debates: 1) dependency, development, and natural resource extraction; 2) populism and fascism; and 3) race, ethnicity, coloniality. We will reconstruct the dialogues of Latin American scholars with Western currents of social and political thought to ask ourselves, what it means to do theory from Latin America? The course privileges class discussion and its success will depend on the informed contributions of the participants.


De la Torre WebCarlos De La Torre
Center for Latin American Studies

Research Interests
Populism, democratization, and authoritarianism; racism and citizenship in the Americas.

Geographic Expertise
Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia