HIST 632 (01) - Latin American History: Topics

Topics Latin American History

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 15797
Topics vary (see department listing for current semester). Seminar entails reading, discussion, and research on literature and documents related to the selected topic. Provides students with the opportunity to do research under close direction. Course meets the History major requirement for Group III.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Cross listed with : HIST 832.01
Instructors: Julia Rodriguez

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 201
Final Exam 12/19/2023 12/19/2023 T 10:30am - 12:30pm HORT 201
Additional Course Details: 

HISTORY 632/832: Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America

Tues/Thurs 2:10-3:30

Prof. Julia E. Rodriguez


In this course we examine the history of human rights violations in 20th-21st century Latin America along with the social justice projects that mobilized in response to them. We will begin by examining the questions: When did the concept of human rights become a global concern? How are human rights defined around the world, and in Latin America in particular?

We will then follow a number of case studies of state violence and human rights violations in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and at the U.S./Mexico border. At the same time, we will take a social and political history approach to study specific grassroots movements in these countries that emerged in response to human rights violations. We will also discuss where alterative paths to remediation of harms emerged, such as tribunals and legal proceedings, Truth Commissions, and attempts at Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.

2014 Protest for the 43 missing students in Mexico