Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Monday, December 18, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

HIST 178: Colonial Latin American History

An introduction to the creation and rule of Colonial Latin America between the 15th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is on the patterns of conquest and cultural encounter, mechanisms of colonial rule, interaction between ethnic groups, and the cultural impact of the colonial experience upon Latin America’s peoples. (G&C)
Units: 6.

HIST 179: Modern Latin American History, 1821-Present

An introduction to Latin America, from 1821 to the present. Focus is placed on new nations as they struggle to create themselves, and weather the challenges of external influence. Emphasis on how Latin America has developed ethnically, politically, and economically and how these factors affect its position in the world today. (G&C)
Units: 6.

ARHI 270: Latin American Visual Art (in English)

The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Spanish 426

SPAN 320: Introduction to Literary Texts

An introduction to the critical analysis of texts that represent various periods, genres and authors in Latin American and Spanish literature. Readings of texts and theory, class discussions and composition tasks prepare students for other advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of instructor. Not open to native speakers of Spanish

ETST 325: Ethnicity in Latin America

Explores the coming together of distinct Native, African, and European ethnicities in Latin America, and the resulting creation of new ethnicities. We examine how race has been understood in Latin American history and how attitudes toward race have fundamentally shaped the history of the region.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 378
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; HIST 178 or HIST 179 recommended

HIST 371: The Rise and Fall of American Empires: The Americas, from the Beginnings Through the Conquest

A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya civilizations, focusing on cultural and technological development. Additional focus is on pre-columbian cultural succession, imperial expansion of the Aztec and Incan empires, and native participation in the conquest. (G&C)
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

HIST 374: Visions of Conquest

The creation of Colonial Latin America meant the political, cultural and spiritual reconfiguration of society on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course, we will elucidate the process of conquest through the study of historical accounts, cultural artifacts of the colonizers and colonized alike, and relevant theoretical texts. This course is held concurrently with SPAN 470. Lectures, discussion, and reading and writing assignments are in English. Students interested in work in the Spanish language who have met the prerequisites should register for SPAN 470.(G&C)
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

HIST 378: Ethnicity in Latin America

Explores the coming together of distinct Native, African, and European ethnicities in Latin America, and the resulting creation of new ethnicities. We examine how race has been understood in Latin American history and how attitudes toward race have fundamentally shaped the history of the region. (G&C)
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 325
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; HIST 178 or HIST 179 recommended

SPAN 410: Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Latin America

A critical analysis of current events in Latin America with a focus on gender and political issues. Through films, magazine articles, fiction, and selected radio and television broadcasts from Latin America, students will study major events that relate and give expression to the cultural mores of Latin Americans within the realm of gender and politics. The course allows students to continue to develop their oral communication skills in the target language and, with a wide range of topics and interests, to work toward an understanding of gender issues and political events that have shaped and transformed Latin America.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 410
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

HIST 422: Revolt and Revolution in Latin America

This seminar investigates resistance in its many forms in Latin American history. Attention to abstract notions of “revolution”  will be complemented by evaluating how particular episodes of violent unrest in Latin America have served as the tools of both the weak and the powerful. (G&C) Fulfills seminar requirement.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and HIST 178 or 179, or consent of the instructor

SPAN 425: Latin American Visual Art

The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 275
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 426: Latin American Visual Art (in English)

The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 270

SPAN 430: Introduction to Film

An introduction to the critical analysis of Latin American and Spanish film. Selected films represent various countries, genres and directors from Latin America and Spain. Readings of relevant film theory, class discussions and composition tasks prepare students for other advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 330, Theatre Arts 352
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of instructor; not open to native speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 466: Latin@ Studies (in English)

This course covers the main cultural issues in Latin@ communities. It concentrates on the Latin@s of the United States, the definitions of these communities, and their cultural expressions. Through theoretical materials as well as literature, film, historical documents, testimony, etc., this course addresses a variety of subjects related to Latin@ culture. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 583
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 520: Survey of Latin American Literature I

A study of texts from Pre-Columbian and Spanish-speaking cultures from the 15th to 19th centuries, the period of “discovery writing” of Spanish colonies in Latin America, focusing on development and elaboration of genres and on the search for cultural and political emancipation from Spain.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 577: Space as Text

A critical analysis of the role of space and borders in contemporary literature. We will examine the critical theory on the topic and apply those insights to texts mainly from or about Latin American and the Atlantic regions. We will include spatial representations from the visual arts and films.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 580: Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America

A thematic analysis of film and fiction produced in the late and post-dictatorial context of Spain and several Latin American countries. The course studies the cultural processes of historical memory, collective trauma, oblivion, and questioning of national narratives in selected works from the past four decades. Readings include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, and Carmen Martin Gaite's The Back Room, as well as films by Lucrecia Martel, Victor Erice, Pablo Larrain, and Guillermo del Toro, among others.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 580
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

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