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Current LASC Courses

Summer 2015


Art and Sexuality in Latin America (Summer Session 1) (LASC448X)

Latin Americans have historically used transgressive art and literature to critique and resist gender and sexual norms. Focusing on Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Nicaragua, this interdisciplinary course will examine contemporary and historical portrayals of sexuality and non-normative gender through the lenses of film, visual art, literature, and music.

Study Abroad

Brazilian Amazon: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (6 credits) (LASC448F and LASC448G)

Topics in Regional Geography: The Southern Caribbean (GEOG328C/LASC369C)

Spring 2015


Issues in Latin American Studies II (LASC235)

LASC 235 is an interdisciplinary course that explores relevant issues in the social and cultural history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Readings, videos, films, music, and classroom discussions will address: resistance to oppression, social revolutions, migration/immigration; diaspora; processes of neoliberalism; globalization in everyday life; and transnationalism.

Latin America Since Independence (LASC248R/HIST251)

This course introduces you to themes in Latin American history from independence to the present. We will focus on the consolidation of nation-states in Latin America and ask how diverse subordinate groups—women, indigenous peoples, Afro-Latin Americans, immigrants, the poor, workers—were incorporated into the emerging nations. We will also explore tensions within ruling elites that provided opportunities for the popular groups that were mobilized by contending elite factions. Finally, we will ask how Latin America's intellectual, political, and economic relations to Europe and the United States influenced nation-building in the region.

Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (LASC448E/HIST429E)

This discussion-based course will introduce you to issues in the historical study of gender in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. We will focus on three specific sets of questions: 1) What is the relation of gender to the color-class hierarchies set in place during the colonial period? How did notions of "honor" and respectability, including notions of sexual honor, structure that relation? 2) How were family, work, and sexuality related? Who sought to regulate family relations, sexuality, and work relations and why? 3) How does an understanding of gender help us comprehend the limits and achievements of social movements and revolutionary states? To answer these questions we will focus on changes over time in how women were subordinated and on how gender relations were related to broader political, economic, and social changes.

Latin American and Caribbean Thought (LASC448I)

This course examines topics in Latin American and Afro-Caribbean philosophy since the contact between ‘old’ and ‘new’ worlds in 1492. The readings are linked primarily to the political and cultural issues concerning race/ethnicity, gender, spirituality, resistance and mestizaje. We will discuss the historical processes of conquest, colonialism, post-colonialism, indigeneity, environmental devastation, and globalization.

Amazon Through Film (LASC448Q/ANTH469D)

This is an interdisciplinary course that utilizes film to consider the Amazon basin, its history, peoples, and landscapes through cinematic representations. The course places the films in the context of critical theory and Amazonian history from 1500 to the present. Films range from the imaginative re-enactments of first contacts between Europeans and native Americans; rubber boom extravagances; rainforest ecology and threats to survival; and artistic avatars to navigate complex social interactions in modern Amazonia. The course examines images of Amazonia over four decades through dramatic and visual depictions, taking into consideration the Brazilian, North American, European, and Argentine creators of the films and their visions of Amazonia, as well as the audiences and markets to which the films are intended.


Undergraduate Courses

American Studies

Latina/o Sexualities: Borders, Migration, and Citizenship (AMST328A/USLT498F)
Latinas/os on the Silver Screen (AMST498G/USLT498A)
Indigenous Thought in the Americas (AMST498K)


Ethnology of Immigrant Life (ANTH492)

Art History

Art and Society in the Ancient American World (ARTH250)
Modern Latin American Art to 1945 (ARTH372)
20th Century Latin American Art: Exhibition Practicum at The Art Gallery (ARTH488L)

Comparative Literature

Literatures of the Americas (CMLT277)


Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin American Communities in the USA and Britain (ENGL261/361)
Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region (ENGL368C)

Film Studies

Brazilian Cinema (FILM332/PORT332)


Migration: Latin America and the United States (GEOG413)


Colonial Encounters: Natives, Spaniards, and Africans in the New World (HIST417)


Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador (MUSC438D)


Geo-textualities in Contemporary Latin American Fiction (PORT228L/SPAN228L/SLLC299L)


Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World (SPAN303)
Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation (SPAN362)
Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism (SPAN363)
Representations of Childhood and Youth in Latin American Literature and Film (SPAN408T)
Between Worlds: Central American Diasporas (SPAN408X)
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics II: Language in Use (SPAN426/626)
The Hispanic Caribbean (SPAN450)

Theatre and Performance Studies

True Storytelling and Cultural Identity (TDPS458I)

US Latino Studies

US Latina/o Studies II: A Contemporary Overview 1960's to present (USLT202)

Graduate Courses

American Studies

Critical Interrogations and the Politics of Belonging: The Evolution and Future of Latina/o Studies (AMST628C)


Open Seminar; Borges (SPAN798W)

Open Seminar; US Latina/o Diasporas (SPAN798Z)



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