Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This Latin American History course satisfies the Core History requirement at Fordham. It is mostly lecture based, but there are also several days during which the class becomes discussion based. Many people choose to take history courses that they are familiar with, such as American or Modern European History. However, when you take Latin American History, your eyes will be opened to an entirely different, important, understudied side of history. This course shows the darker side of events most people think they know, such as Imperialism, Revolution, and even the Cold War. You will learn everything from the history of bananas to Obama's relationship with Castro. Professor Miki is a young, passionate, understanding professor, who allows you to choose any topic that you wish to write about for your final papers. The course will change your perspective on politics and history, for the better.
One of the highlights of this course was the one group project that she assigns for the course. The students all read Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries, a book that describes this famous guerrilla's experiences from before he became the Communist figure of the Cuban Revolution that many people know him as today. Every group is assigned a topic, such as Economic or Race Relations, and must present to the class their findings in both the book and in their own research. The project allows for much freedom, and it is what you make of it.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this class, I recommend doing all of the readings assigned for the course. The class puts a lot of weight on participation, so jotting down a few notes while reading to bring up during the lecture will look really great to the professor. Also, Professor Miki also does not post lectures online, so the notes you take during class will be the only study material you have for quizzes and tests. Write down as much as possible during the lectures.