Spring 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 101-01 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
A multi-disciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the regions through a study of their history, economics, politics, literature, and culture in transnational and comparative perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework that will prepare students for more specialized courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of LALC studies. Required of all LALC majors. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1330:TF   DENNY 313
LALC 121-01 Introduction to Africana Studies
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 100-01.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 08
LALC 122-01 Introduction to Caribbean Studies
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 235-01.
1330:MR   BOSLER 307
LALC 123-01 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Instructor: Marisol LeBron
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-04. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o political, social, and cultural practices in the United States. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a identity and what constitutes Latino/a studies, raising questions we will return to throughout the semester. We will then cover themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o identity.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.
1130:MWF   DENNY 303
LALC 200-01 Afro-Brazilian Culture
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PORT 380-01 and AFST 220-07. This course explores elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in multi-racial Brazil and how such elements impact and often define Brazilian society and culture as a whole. The contents are organized around topics that aim at showing the relationship between culture and politics and the intricate web woven in the interplay between Africa, Brazil and the world and the multifarious processes of hybridization.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 213
LALC 200-02 Approaches to Africana Studies
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 200-01.This course will investigate the importance of conceptual analysis and the development of concepts in the theoretical and textual research of Africana Studies. Thus, the course will focus on various interpretive frameworks and approaches to organizing and understanding Africana Studies, including but not limited to the African model, Afrocentricity, diaspora model, critical race theory, post-modernism, and post colonialism.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 110
LALC 200-03 Get Up, Stand Up! Bob Marley as Artist and Activist
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-10.This course situates reggae superstar Bob Marley within a larger framework of artist/activists, Pan-Africanists, and postcolonial revolutionary figures. The face of Bob Marley is emblazoned on T-shirts sold in mainstream department stores, and figures prominently on posters and textiles that adorn American college students dorm rooms. His music is celebrated in regions as diverse as the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and Tanzania. Were all familiar with commercials promoting tourism in Jamaica that feature Bob Marleys track, One Love. Less familiar is the history of Bob Marleythe socio-political environment in which he was raised, the cultures that shaped his music, the historical figures that influenced his ideology and politics, the development and nature of his spirituality, and the commodification of his image in transnational global markets. These are among the issues that will be explored in this course. Bob Marley is a cultural icon whose music continues to have a significant impact on the development of postcolonial and counter-hegemonic consciousness, artistic production, and activism in the Caribbean, Africa, Britain, and the US. The course will introduce students to scholarly and popular writing about, as well as filmic representations of, Bob Marleys life, art, and politics.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 201
LALC 200-04 Native Histories of the Americas
Instructor: Alan Dillingham
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01.This course introduces students to the historical experiences of indigenous people in Mesoamerica and North America from the nineteenth century to the present. By focusing on the diverse experience of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, we will examine how native populations navigated the processes of state-formation as well as developmentalism and modernization through a combination of consent, engagement and outright resistance. The course examines both elite discourses about Indians as well as the diverse experiences of native peoples themselves. The course aims to uncover how indigenous difference has been and continues to be reproduced by those marked as indigenous as well as by state-building projects. As such, the course will follow the major upheavals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including, but not limited to, wars of extermination, experiments with enclosure and integration, large-scale migration, and indigenous cultural resurgence.
1330:TR   DENNY 211
LALC 231-01 Modern Latin American History since 1800
Instructor: Alan Dillingham
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 131-01.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
LALC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 251-01.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
LALC 283-01 Latin American-U.S. Relations
Instructor: Alan Dillingham
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 283-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 21
LALC 300-01 Realism in Brazilian Film and Literature
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PORT 380-02 and FLST 310-02. This course is organized in two parts. We will start by discussing the notion of Realism in literature and film and then we will spend the greater part of the course analyzing Brazilian film and literature and how Realism is (re)shaped in a diverse set of works. As we analyze the multifaceted realism of Brazilian film and literature, we will have the opportunity to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class.
0930:MWF   BOSLER 208
LALC 300-02 Revolutionaries in Latin America
Instructor: Carolina Castellanos
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SPAN 380-02. This class examines the representation of revolutionaries and guerrillas in terms of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality. The class focuses on the Mexican, Cuban, and Sandinista Revolutions, as well as on some revolutionary student movements in Latin America. Students will read a variety of texts, such as novels, testimonials, songs, films, and theoretical and historical articles.
1330:MR   BOSLER 313
LALC 490-01 Latin American Interdisciplinary Research
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Research into a topic concerning Latin America directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students must successfully defend their research paper to obtain course credit. The paper is researched and written in the fall semester for one-half course credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for the other half credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.
 
Courses Offered in AFST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 100-01 Introduction to Africana Studies
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 121-01.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 08
AFST 200-01 Approaches to Africana Studies
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 200-02.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 110
AFST 220-07 Afro-Brazilian Culture
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PORT 380-01 and LALC 200-01.This course explores elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in multi-racial Brazil and how such elements impact and often define Brazilian society and culture as a whole. The contents are organized around topics that aim at showing the relationship between culture and politics and the intricate web woven in the interplay between Africa, Brazil and the world and the multifarious processes of hybridization.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 213
AFST 220-10 Get Up, Stand Up! Bob Marley as Artist and Activist
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 200-03.This course situates reggae superstar Bob Marley within a larger framework of artist/activists, Pan-Africanists, and postcolonial revolutionary figures. The face of Bob Marley is emblazoned on T-shirts sold in mainstream department stores, and figures prominently on posters and textiles that adorn American college students dorm rooms. His music is celebrated in regions as diverse as the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and Tanzania. Were all familiar with commercials promoting tourism in Jamaica that feature Bob Marleys track, One Love. Less familiar is the history of Bob Marleythe socio-political environment in which he was raised, the cultures that shaped his music, the historical figures that influenced his ideology and politics, the development and nature of his spirituality, and the commodification of his image in transnational global markets. These are among the issues that will be explored in this course. Bob Marley is a cultural icon whose music continues to have a significant impact on the development of postcolonial and counter-hegemonic consciousness, artistic production, and activism in the Caribbean, Africa, Britain, and the US. The course will introduce students to scholarly and popular writing about, as well as filmic representations of, Bob Marleys life, art, and politics.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 201
AFST 235-01 Introduction to Caribbean Studies
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 122-01.
1330:MR   BOSLER 307
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-04 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Instructor: Marisol LeBron
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 123-01. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o political, social, and cultural practices in the United States. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a identity and what constitutes Latino/a studies, raising questions we will return to throughout the semester. We will then cover themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o identity.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.
1130:MWF   DENNY 303
Courses Offered in FLST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FLST 310-02 Realism in Brazilian Film and Literature
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PORT 380-02 and LALC 300-01. This course is organized in two parts. We will start by discussing the notion of Realism in literature and film and then we will spend the greater part of the course analyzing Brazilian film and literature and how Realism is (re)shaped in a diverse set of works. As we analyze the multifaceted realism of Brazilian film and literature, we will have the opportunity to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class.
0930:MWF   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 131-01 Modern Latin American History since 1800
Instructor: Alan Dillingham
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 231-01.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
HIST 283-01 Latin American-U.S. Relations
Instructor: Alan Dillingham
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 283-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 21
Courses Offered in PORT
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PORT 380-01 Afro-Brazilian Culture
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-07 and LALC 200-01. Taught in English. This course explores elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in multi-racial Brazil and how such elements impact and often define Brazilian society and culture as a whole. The contents are organized around topics that aim at showing the relationship between culture and politics and the intricate web woven in the interplay between Africa, Brazil and the world and the multifarious processes of hybridization.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 213
PORT 380-02 Realism in Brazilian Film and Literature
Instructor: Ramayana Lira de Sousa
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-02 and LALC 300-01. Taught in English. This course is organized in two parts. We will start by discussing the notion of Realism in literature and film and then we will spend the greater part of the course analyzing Brazilian film and literature and how Realism is (re)shaped in a diverse set of works. As we analyze the multifaceted realism of Brazilian film and literature, we will have the opportunity to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class.
0930:MWF   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
Courses Offered in SPAN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SPAN 380-02 Revolutionaries in Latin America
Instructor: Carolina Castellanos
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 300-02. This class examines the representation of revolutionaries and guerrillas in terms of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality. The class focuses on the Mexican, Cuban, and Sandinista Revolutions, as well as on some revolutionary student movements in Latin America. Students will read a variety of texts, such as novels, testimonials, songs, films, and theoretical and historical articles.
1330:MR   BOSLER 313