Historical Knowledge of Modern Latin America
Students will be exposed to the major economic, political, and cultural shifts that shaped the "modern" Latin American state in the nineteenth and twentieth century, as well as its variants, notably the cult of caudillo rule and its twentieth century offshoots
Students will become conversant with major theoretical arguments and approaches to Latin American history in the contemporary era.
Students will gain oral proficiency in discussing historiographical and thematic issues in modern Latin America during weekly discussion.
Literature Survey and Analytical Writing
Students will either broaden their understanding of literature on one topic in Latin American history by way of an intensive literature survey or deepen their knowledge on a particular topic in Latin American history by way of an original research paper.
Students will make connections between cultural and polotico-economic issues by way of a wide variety of course readings that expose students to literature, as well as traditional historical themes.