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Latin America: An Introduction (590:101) SECTION ONE Instructor: Dr. Geisa Maria Rocha Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20-4:40 pm, Tillett Hall-246, Livingston Campus Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 pm, Lucy Stone Hall, A-258 Appointments are required E-mail: [email protected] Readings: (“590-101:01 Latin America: An Introduction, Spring 2017”) SPRING 2017 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America, a region of great diversities of peoples, institutions, and geography, yet sharing common historical, cultural, social, political, and economic developmental patterns. It concentrates on major contemporary issues in Latin America such as the impact of globalization, the environment, the indigenous population, enduring poverty and inequality, the challenges of democracy and economic development, class, gender, race and ethnicity, popular and urban culture, inter-American affairs and the related issues of immigration and drug trafficking. The course employs both thematic and case study approaches, and it is grounded in a developmental perspective. This course is also an introduction to the study of Latin America at Rutgers University. It will feature many guest lectures by Rutgers faculty from different departments affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the region from a variety of fields and perspectives and to become familiar with the various areas of expertise of Rutgers faculty who do research in and teach on Latin America. SAS CORE CURRICULUM GOALS This course is required for all majors and minors in Latin American Studies and satisfies SAS Core Curriculum goals: 21 st Century Challenges A: analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world. Historical Analysis H, K: understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place; explain the development of some aspect of a society or culture over time, including the history of ideas or history of science. 1
Social analysis M, N: understand different theories about human culture, social identity, economic entities, political systems, and other forms of social organization; apply concepts about human and social behavior to particular questions or situations. COURSE LEARNING GOALS: Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate: Knowledge of major issues and concepts, relevant background, and the deep social, economic, cultural, and political transformations occurring in Latin America; An understanding of the increasingly important role of contemporary Latin America in world politics and in the world economy; An appreciation of the nature of the interdependent world we live in and that events in Latin America do have an impact on the U.S.; The ability to recognize and challenge stereotypes and myths about Latin American culture and Latin American peoples;

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