En busca de Latinoamérica
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SPAN 010. En busca de Latinoamérica

This course seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of Latin America and to introduce its cultural history. Through a multidisciplinary perspective, we will study the interaction of social, political, ethnic, and gender dynamics and its resulting transformations in Latin America. After a study of pre-European contact and Amerindian civilizations, we will examine critically the moment of contact between the Old and the New World and the ensuing conflicts that characterized the three centuries of colonial rule in Latin America. Later, we will focus on the nation building process and the cultural campaigns of turn-of-the-century elites, the causes and consequences of U.S. interventions, the dilemmas of economic development, the rise of state terror, and the lives of transnational migrants today. Lectures and textbook readings provide a panoramic analysis of complex cultural processes (colonialism, transculturation, modernization, globalization, etc.); documentaries and films provide other points of entry as we think through the processes that have shaped Latin America.
Prerequisite: SPAN 004  or the equivalent or permission of the instructor.
Writing course.
1 credit.
Eligible for LALS
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Spanish  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/spanish

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