HIST 532 (1SY) - Modern Latin America

Modern Latin America

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 55817
Provides a broad overview of Latin America from the 18th century to the present. It examines the breakdown of colonial rules, the establishment of independent countries, the formation of viable nation states, the importance of geography, the roles of the different elements of society. Social, political, and economic changes and continuities emphasized to give a sense of the ambiguities of the historical process. Cultural differences illustrated with slides and music. The effects of elite rule and of United States interventions studied. Writing intensive. Course meets the History major requirements for Group III.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 9:40am - 11:00am ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

This course explores the history of the vast region known as Latin America and the Caribbean. We will consider the main social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Latin America since the Independence Wars of the early 1800s, whenever possible in larger global context. While there is no unified "grand narrative" of Latin American history, an examination of the main historical themes of the region is the first step to understanding this dynamic, diverse, often puzzling area. To this end, we will engage many different perspectives – through scholarly interpretations of Latin American history; primary sources such as first-hand accounts, government documents, newspapers, art, and film. Emphasis will be placed on the postcolonial era (1810-present), and a review of the colonial and independence periods will be included. While the course readings focus primarily on Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba, we will also draw on comparative material from the Andean, Central American, and greater Caribbean regions.

This course fulfills Discovery/Historical Perspectives or Category III for History majors and is Writing Intensive. It is also crosslisted with Latin American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.



Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire (4th ed). De Jesus, Child of the Dark. Berkin, History Handbook.