HIST 532 (H01) - Modern Latin America

Honors/Modern Latin America

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 16525
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.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only the following students: Honors Program
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Historical Perspectives(Disc), Honors course
Instructors: Julia Rodriguez

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 207
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High School students demonstating in Rio de Janeiro on International Women's Day 2015
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.

Duke University Press - Adiós Niño


• Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, 4th edition. • Charles Walker, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion. • Deborah Levenson, Adiós Niño.