LAST 101
LAST 101 - Intro Latin American Studies

An introduction to the study of Latin America from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The course will expose students to contemporary topics in the region and methodologies of study. Topics will include the challenges of democracy and economic development, poverty and income inequality, the environment, popular and urban culture, Afro-descendent and indigenous identities, social movements, religion, U.S.-Latin American relations, and immigration. The course will feature guest lectures from faculty experts at the college.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Open to First-Years and Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors by permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Contreras

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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LAST 207
HIST 207/ LAST 207 - Mod Issues in Latin Am. Hist.

In this problem-centered survey of the contemporary history of Latin America we will critique and go beyond the many stereotypes that have inhibited understandings between Anglo and Latin America, cultivating instead a healthy respect for complexity and contradiction. Over the course of the semester we will examine key themes in current history, including the dilemmas of uneven national development in dependent economies; the emergence of anti-imperialism and various forms of political and cultural nationalism; the richness and variety of revolution; ethnic, religious, feminist, literary, artistic, and social movements; the imposing social problems of the sprawling Latin American megalopolis; the political heterodoxies of leftism, populism, authoritarianism, and neoliberalism; the patterns of peace, violence, and the drug trade; the considerable U.S. influence in the region, and finally, transnational migration and globalization.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 20 7

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Osorio

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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LAST 211
HIST 211/ LAST 211 - Spanish Rule in the New World

The Empire of the Indies or New World was part of the larger Spanish Empire, and comprised the American continent, the Philippine and the Mariana Islands in the Pacific. At the height of its power in the seventeenth century, the Spanish Empire was a global enterprise in which Portuguese, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Japanese, Flemish, Inka and Romans played essential roles in its daily functioning and constitution. This course traces the making and consolidation of the Empire of the Indies by examining the resources, peoples, and ideas that it contributed to Spain’s overwhelming power ca. 1500s-1780s. It interrogates evolving meanings and understandings of empire, colonialism, and modernity, and the cultural transformations of native populations and Europeans in historic and geographical context.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 211

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Osorio

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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LAST 217
LAST 217/ POL2 207 - Politics of Latin America

Despite significant differences in the political and economic development of countries across Latin America and the Caribbean region, important commonalities include colonial legacies, revolutions and revolutionary movements, military rule, the rise of populism, import-substituting industrialization, neoliberal economic reform, as well as democratic transition, consolidation, and backsliding. This course offers an introductory understanding of such trends. We will analyze political and economic changes through theoretical perspectives such as political culture, dependency, and institutionalism. We will also examine contemporary forces shaping politics in the region today, such as citizenship, intersectional identities, sexual and reproductive rights, the environment, and the changing role of external forces.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 217

Prerequisites:

Instructor: Contreras

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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LAST 221H
LAST 221H - Memories of Cuba

One of the most unique aspects of Cuba is its incredible diversity as a result of a long history of encounters between Europe, Africa and Asia. The hybrid nature of Cuban identity can be manifested through a number of forms, such as art, music, literature and religion. As Cuba begins a new phase in history, a comprehensive understanding of its cultural heritage is more pressing than ever. Rather than focus on political issues, this course will use on-site visits to explore different experiences of cultural intersections or syncretism (known as “transculturation”) on the island. A strong command of Spanish is required as the bulk of the course will be taught in the target language in order to better understand Cuban history and culture. Some of the student activities include preliminary readings, lectures, videos, interviews, and a travel log.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 14

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. Knowledge of Spanish at the level of one course beyond SPAN 241/SPAN 242 (or 5th semester) is required.

Instructor: Hagimoto

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies

Typical Periods Offered: Winter

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: This is a travel course, not offered every year (subject to approval by Provost's Office). Class will meet on campus prior to departure.

LAST 241
ECON 241/ LAST 241 - Poverty & Inequality Latin Am.

The course provides a survey of economic development in Latin America, emphasizing issues related to the reduction of poverty and inequality. The first part of the course explores the economic history of the region, including twentieth-century policies designed to promote growth and industrialization; the 1980s debt crisis; and subsequent episodes of economic reform and crisis. The second part of the course acquaints students with evaluations of education, health, and welfare policies that are designed to alleviate poverty and inequality in Latin America.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 241

Prerequisites: ECON 101. ECON 103 (or equivalent) recommended.

Instructor: McEwan

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Ann E. Maurer '51 Speaking Intensive Course.

LAST 245
ANTH 245/ LAST 245 - Anthropology of Latin America

This course explores contemporary issues in Latin America from an anthropological perspective. We will discuss legacies of colonialism and Cold War power struggles, as well as the central role social movements are playing in crafting Latin American futures. We will trace the ways the region is enmeshed in transnational processes and migrations and analyze the intersection of culture, race, gender, and class in shaping urban centers, rural hinterlands, and livelihood strategies within them. In particular, we will discuss how ethnographic research – the long-term fieldwork conducted by anthropologists – can enrich our understanding of hotly debated issues such as statecraft, borders, and shifting meanings of citizenship; in/security, human rights, and democratization; and, illicit economies, extractive industries, and critical approaches to development.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 245

Prerequisites:

Instructor: Ellison

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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LAST 250
LAST 250 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Two units of course work in Latin American studies.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

LAST 250H
LAST 250H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Two units of course work in Latin American studies.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

LAST 273
LAST 273/ SPAN 273 - Latin American Civilization

An introduction to the multiple elements constituting Latin American culture. An examination of the principal characteristics of Spanish colonialism and Creole nationalism will inform our general understanding of Latin American culture today. Readings and class discussions will cover such topics as military and spiritual conquest, the Indian and African contributions, the emergence of criollo and mestizo discourses, and gender and race relations. Readings will include the works of Latin American writers, filmmakers, and historians.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 16

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 273

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed SPAN 241 or SPAN 242  or equivalent (AP 5) or by permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Guzauskyte

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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LAST 275
LAST 275/ SPAN 275 - Making of Modern Lat Am Culture

An examination of the principal characteristics of the search for identity and independence of the emerging Latin American nations as expressed in literary, historical, and anthropological writing. We will examine the experience of each of four distinct regions: Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean countries, and the Southern Cone. Readings will include the works of contemporary Latin American writers, filmmakers, and historians. Special attention will be given to the relationship between social issues and the evolution of literary form.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 16

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 275

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed SPAN 241 or SPAN 242  or equivalent (AP 5) or by permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Selimovic

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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LAST 287
LAST 287/ SPAN 287 - Women Poets of Spain & Latin America

Beginning with Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin-American Nobel Laureate for Literature, this course focuses on the leading women poets in both Spain and the Americas. Central to this production are themes of human rights and social justice, gender, and the expression of love and desire. While the class will examine connections between women poets on both sides of the Atlantic, differences in terms of negotiating a male-dominated publication infrastructure will be examined. Other than Mistral, poets will include Concha Méndez, Rosa Chacel, Lucía Sánchez Saornil, Clara Janés, Cristina Peri Rossi, Gloria Fuertes, and from the Americas, Delmira Agustini, Alfonsina Storni, Idea Villarino, Violeta Parra and others.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 14

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 287

Prerequisites: Students who have completed Spanish 241 and Spanish 242, or AP 5, or by permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Agosin

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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LAST 317
LAST 317/ SPAN 317 - Sem: Intermedial Pleasures

This course centers on connections between recent Latin American films and other media, especially music, literature, and television. We will explore how such connections critique certain sociopolitical and cultural milieus that the selected films spring from, seek to represent, or both. Interdisciplinary readings will anchor our discussions as we focus on illuminating the films’ nuanced commentaries on local particularities—but also foreign influences—through the intersections of politics, agency, gender, and race. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Juan José Campanella, Fabián Bielinsky, Martín Rejtman, Paula Markovitch, Paz Encina, Jayro Bustamente, and Lucrecia Martel will be at the heart of the course, for their films have reconfigured contemporary Latin American cinema in unexpected ways.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Crosslisted Courses: LAST 317

Prerequisites: Open to Senior and Junior majors or by permission of the instructor.

Instructor:  Selimovic

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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LAST 350
LAST 350 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Open to Latin American Studies and Spanish majors.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

LAST 350H
LAST 350H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Open to Latin American Studies and Spanish majors.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

LAST 360
LAST 360 - Senior Thesis Research

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Permission of the department. See Academic Distinctions.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.

LAST 370
LAST 370 - Senior Thesis

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: LAST 360 and permission of the department.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.