Honors/Modern Latin America
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|2:10pm - 3:30pm
HIST 532 (Honors): MODERN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN HISTORY
High School students demonstrating in Rio de Janeiro on International Women's Day 2015
In this honors seminar, we will explore together some of the most consequential and controversial topics in Latin American and Caribbean history, including colonialism and decolonization; economy and environment; gender roles and racial schema; inequality and social movements; and the region’s relationship to the United States. After an overview of the region’s geography, demography, key themes and questions, and an introduction to historical perspectives, the class will collectively choose a number of topics to study.
The course is anchored by a selection of readings, including three book-length scholarly works of Latin American history: Born in Blood and Fire by John Chasteen; The Tupac Amaru Rebellion by Charles Walker; and Adiós Niño by Deborah Levenson. In addition to these two books, students will analyze material drawn from primary sources; first-hand accounts; fiction and art; and film. There will be ample opportunities for students to choose additional topics for discussion and further research.