LAS - Latin American Studies

LAS 101 The Other "America": Introduction to Latin American Studies

Satisfies 6 credits of Latin American Studies BA Program and for LAS Certificate and Minor, Groups B and C.
Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits of non-Western History and 3 credits of Modern Languages (equivalent to SPA 154) for Lubin, Lienhard and CSIS majors.
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Updated Course Description: This is a multidisciplinary introduction to the field of Latin American Studies (LAS) featuring overviews of the region's history and literature, together with a brief look at its economic structure and political development. Lectures, seminar discussions, and films. Provides awareness of domestic Latino culture, a rapidly emerging element of the U.S.A.'s ethnic mosaic, and pilots students to specialize in specific fields within LAS.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

LAS 150 Modern Latin American Divas: Female Political, Social and Cultural Leadership in the Republican Era

Conducted in English. Satisfies 6 credits in Latin American Studies BA Program and for LAS Certificate and Minor, Groups C and D. Satisfies 6 credits toward Women's and Gender Studies major/minor. Satisfies 6 credits toward Film and Screen Studies major. Satisfies 3 credits toward Modern Languages and Cultures major, equivalent to SPA 154 and 3 credits toward History major, equivalent to a 100-level History course.
New Core: Fulfills 6 credits in Area of Knowledge III or fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: The course will focus on the role of women in Latin American society from the nineteenth century to the present. The course will highlight female leaders in the areas of politics, social movements, literature and the arts in one of the most important areas of the developing world. The accomplishments of these women will presented through a variety of readings, film, video, music, slides and Internet resources, as well as two cultural excursions in the New York area.

6 credits

LAS 201 Latin America: The Caribbean and the World

Prerequisite: 3 credits of Non-Western History and 3 credits of Social Science. Satisfies 6 credits toward Latin American Studies BA Program and for LAS Certificate and Minor, Group D.
Old Core: Satisfies 3 credits of Economics (equal to ECO 360) and 3 credits of History (200-level). Qualifies as Internship (SPA 490) for Language, Culture and World Trade major.
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I (service learning component) and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Updated Course Description: This course provides in-depth understanding of major issues of the economic development, history, class and race relations of Latin America and the Caribbean through a combination of classroom seminars and service learning internships in New York City/Latin Caribbean non-profit entities. All students must be available during Monday-Friday daytime hours to conduct 8 hours per week in unpaid New York City internship agencies. Instructors will assign each student an internship from among their network of agencies. Course is limited to 12 students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

LAS 210 Luz, Camara, Accion! : Film as Mirror of Social Change in Latin American History and Culture

Satisfies 6 credits toward Latin American Studies certificate/minor, Groups B and C. Satisfies 6 credits toward Film and Screen Studies major. Satisfies 3 credits toward Modern Languages and Cultures major, equivalent to SPA 154 and 3 credits toward History major, equivalent to a 200-level History course.
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course examines and analyzes the phenomenon of Cinema as a cultural voice reflecting social and political change in contemporary Latin America. Latin cineastes have favored social themes and view themselves as creative warriors in social and political struggles; this has both influenced and mirrored the region?s history, literature and culture. The course includes screenings of eight films reflecting the 21 countries of Latin America. Social issues reflected in Latin Cinema and explored here will include class and racial discrimination, female equality, homosexual rights, the 1970s-80s desaparecidos, immigration to the USA, and the Cuban Revolution. Course includes visits by Latin cineastes, who will share perspectives with the class and may also include one or more local excursions to museums of film screenings.

6 credits

LAS 220 Caribbean Transnational Cultures: The History, Literature and Film of the Spanish Caribbean

Satisfies 6 credits toward Latin American Studies certificate/major/minor (3 credits in Group C and 3 credits in Group D). This course also satisfies 3 credits in Modern Languages and Cultures (equal to SPA 154) and 3 credits in History elective (200-level).
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: The peoples of the Spanish Caribbean share a common history of language, religion, a plantation economy, slavery, race mixing, a patriarchal family structure, and a high rate of population growth that has fuelled steady emigration to the USA. Hence, this region offers an opportunity to learn about the common experience and culture of peasants, rural workers, slaves, artisans and elites. This course will study the commonality of their social history, economic development and communities in both the home countries and the USA, utilizing music, art, film, diaries, novels, poetry and other literature. Local field trips to museums and other cultural sites will enhance the in-class experience.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

LAS 230 "So Far from God; So Close to Uncle Sam:" Modern Mexico in History and Literature

Conducted in English. Satisfies 6 credits toward Latin American Studies Minor/Certificate, Groups C and D.
Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits of Enhancement and 3 credits in Modern Languages (equivalent to SPA 154) for Lubin, CSIS, and Nursing students, and 3 credits toward History major, equivalent to a 200-level History course. Satisfies 6 credits of Enhancement for Dyson and Education students.
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV or 6 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 6 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course will combine the perspectives of Latin American literature and history to probe the culture, literary expression, social and political institutions of Mexico, the United States' most important trading partner. Coverage will extend from independence from Spain in the 1820s through the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

LAS 240 "For Land, Bread and Liberty": The Latin American Social Revolution in History and Culture

Prerequisite: One History course. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course provides a broad inter-disciplinary study of how the phenomenon of social revolution has emerged as a unique part of the culture and the history of Latin America. The methodology of comparative analysis will be employed to examine how social revolution has played a role in the literature, cinema and history of three major countries: Chile, Cuba and Venezuela. Major focus will aim at the areas of economic and social inequalities and efforts to address them; e.g., land distribution, workers? rights, racial discrimination, female equality, and problems of poverty and economic underdevelopment. Historical texts, novels, and poetry and films will be utilized as curricula. Theoretical models of revolution will be surveyed, followed by detailed study of the three countries, each of which provides a different pattern of revolutionary change. Course requirements include several short interpretive papers, essay midterm and final exams, study guides on reading and films, regular seminars and group work.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - odd years.

6 credits

LAS 250 History and Environmental Policy: The Case of the South American Rain Forest

3 credits

LAS 260 South American Colossus: The History and Economy of Modern Brazil

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III (World Traditions and Cultures) and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V (Analysis of Human, Social, and Natural Phenomena).

Course Description: This course provides a broad inter-disciplinary overview of the modern history and economic evolution of Brazil. Major periods in Brazil?s history will be analyzed, along with its economic structure and the role it plays in the contemporary global economy. The fields of History and Economics will provide a framework of analysis. Brazil?s modern history, beginning with the birth of the Republic in 1889, will be followed to the rise of post-2000 nationalist populist governments; in particular that of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Themes explored include the country?s strong regionalism, the cultural and social impact of its large African descended population and the very late abolition of slavery, changing gender relations after 1920, the rise of Getulio Vargas? authoritarianism and the latter?s contributions to economic development in the 1930-54 period, the failed Left-populist era of 1954-64, the impact of harsh military rule (1864-88), the 1988 return to democracy, and the country?s recent rise as a regional and world economic power. Economic analysis will focus on Brazil?s remarkable evolution from a classically export-oriented underdeveloped economy to an integrated powerhouse which includes large manufacturing and petroleum exporting sectors. Enhancing classroom study will be a travel segment to Brazil, which will explore historical, cultural and economic themes.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring

6 credits

LAS 296A Latin Immigration to the USA: Perspectives on the United States’ Largest Ethnic Minority

3 credits