College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History, Geography, and Political Science
SYLLABUS HIST 452, Latin America II
|HIST 350 is an overview of
major events in Latin American History in the 20th century.
This course is meant to introduce students to the cultural,
social, and political history of Latin America, from the pre-colonial era
to the present day. Given the number of countries involved, the approach
will be primarily thematic, with some attention paid to important examples
and case studies. As much as possible, this course will focus on
“ground-level” history, examining how historical forces and events
shaped the lives of ordinary people. Because of this, the course will give
special attention to issues of race, identity, gender roles, social
interaction, and the like. Because of the importance of resistance and
rebellion for ordinary people in Latin America, these too will be key
themes. The course is also designed to provide
students with a richer picture of Latin America than the already have. For
most Americans, our southern neighbors are sombreros, burritos, and
Castro's cigar. In fact, Latin America is an enormously varied region that
has experienced almost every imaginable government, from Constitutional
Monarchy in Brazil to Marxist-Leninism in Cuba. Its people are equally
varied, from ethnic Jamaicans on Costa Rica's shores to Aymara-speaking
Amerindians in Bolivia to Ukrainian-Italian bankers in southern Brazil.
At the end of the course, students should be able to
discuss generally the major cultural and social themes of Latin American
history and be able to use that knowledge to analyze current events.
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
|This course is designed to
so that the student will:
|Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:
|Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:
Office Hours: Students who seek help with instructors during office hours get better grades. Do not wait until you have major problems! Students should speak to me any time they find themselves confused about material, directions, or grades. I am always ready to help any student who needs help with any of the material or any assignment. That's my job.
|READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
|Readings are taken from the textbook, this website, and library reserve material. All material marked with an asterisk (*) is required reading. Those not marked with an asterisk are supplemental. Those articles marked "Acrobat" require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This program can be downloaded for free, though most computers already have it. These files also require a password. Please contact Dr. Corse.
|Assignments for this class will include reading, writing, and special projects. Readings maybe assigned not only from the text, but also from photocopied materials, library books, and Internet sources. Students are responsible for all work assigned in this class, whether or not they are present. Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will be penalized unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. All students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions.
Attendance and Punctuality
|Attendance and Punctuality: While this class does not fall under the WN rule, attendance is still required. Note that the exams are heavily based on the lecture material. Students are responsible for material covered and assignments regardless of whether or not the student has an excuse. Students are not permitted to leave class before the instructor dismisses them, unless they have received prior permission from the instructor. Again, WN does not apply in 300 and 400 level classes. If you wish to withdraw, the last day to withdraw is March 23.
Special Note on Academic Honesty
|Students should be aware that a university is a
community of scholars committed to the discovery and dissemination of
knowledge and truth. Without freedom to investigate all materials,
scrupulous honesty in reporting findings, and proper acknowledgment of
credit, such a community can not survive. Students are expected to adhere
to the highest traditions of scholarship. Infractions of these traditions,
such as plagiarism (cheating),are not tolerated. Misrepresenting someone
else's words or ideas as one'sown constitutes plagiarism. In cases where
plagiarism occurs, the instructorhas the right to penalize the student(s)
as he or she thinks appropriate. One guideline holds that the first
offence results in failure of the assignment, the second offence in
failure of the course.
Preparation: since students are expected to participate in class
discussion, it is important to complete all the assigned readings before
coming to class. Students are expected to understand the material, or at
least have identified what they do not yet understand in order to ask
questions in class. All students are expected to come to class prepared to
discuss the assigned material.
Students are expected to observe normal courtesy in class. They are
expected to pay attention to the instructor, to take detailed notes, to
refrain from personal conversation, and to avoid any other behavior that
disturbs others. A student who does not observe these courtesies maybe
asked to leave the room.
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|Last Updated: January 28, 2002