Latin America Social Science Perspectives
ISS 330C, sect. 001 / Spring 2013 / 4 credits / M,W 10:20 AM - 12:10 PM B119 Wells Hall Current syllabus is v130107 v130107 changes: •added due dates for the 4 online reﬂection essays •added information about when you can expect the “Weekly bucket” assignments to be available •clariﬁed that while in class exams are open book, open notes, these must be on paper - no electronic devices may be consulted during the exam v130205 changes: •under Week 5, the reading assignment is now Chasteen chapters 5 & 6 (I added ch 5) •the description of topics covered for Week 6 is now “Week 6: Progress & Neocolonialism (February 11, 13)” (I added the word Progress to that title)
Adán Quan email@example.com Department of Anthropology, 336 Baker Hall Ofﬁce Hours: Mondays 12:30-2:30
Linda Gordon, M.S., M.A. firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Anthropology, 406 Baker Hall Ofﬁce Hours: Wednesdays 12:30pm-2:30pm
Course Description and Objectives
Latin America conjures a wide range of images: drugs, beaches, Che Guevara, Inca ruins, Latinos in the USA, and modern cities. These images convey some truth but fail to represent the complexity of this region. This course introduces students to some of the complex realities of Latin America from an interdisciplinary, social science perspective. No previous background is
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required, though you must have completed a 200 level ISS course, and previous social science coursework and knowledge of Latin America can be helpful. This semester we will cover such topics as: • patterns of social inequality and poverty in Latin America • historical roots of Latin American societies • U.S.-Latin America relations, including trade, U.S. inﬂuence in Latin America, and
Latinos in the U.S.
• movements for social and political change • changing patterns of economic development • impacts of neoliberal policies and globalization • politics, democratization and human righ4
The class will explore various perspectives towards these issues. You do not have to agree with but are expected to understand all materials presented in class and readings. As we study these topics, we emphasize that: • we cannot understand Latin America in isolation from the rest of the world; • any one social science perspective by itself provides only a fragmentary understanding of
the region; • our understanding of Latin America is shaped by our own social issues, cultural perspectives, and relationship to that continent; • there is both unity and diversity in Latin America; • Latin America is a dynamic and rapidly changing region, yet many current conditions
have deep historical roots which are important to understand
The key learning goal of this course is for you to be able to apply basic social science perspectives and data in order to critically assess information and experiences related to Latin America, and to use this knowledge to critically assess social issues elsewhere. This in turn requires: • Basic knowledge and comprehension of geography, history, key issues, facts, and current
events in Latin America
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• Ability to critically apply basic social science thinking tools and critically use diverse
information sources to assess information, issues, or experiences related to Latin America • Use information and skills above to meet broader MSU and ISS objectives related to this
course, in particular as it relates to increasing your global competence: • Assist students in distinguishing their personal assumptions and beliefs from conclusions based upon critical thought and the analytical exploration of human behavioral patterns and trends. • Expand students' social intelligence: the ability to frame individual lives in relationship to larger historical and social forces • Provide multicultural, international and national perspectives...
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