|FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
CollegeofArts and Sciences
DepartmentofGovernment and History
SYLLABUS HIST 490, Senior Seminar
|COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
|This course will guide students through a program of directed readings, a research project, and group discussion of historical and historiographical topics, using the theme "Religion and Revolution in Latin America." We will be focusing primarily on two topics: Cuba since 1959, an example of religion in a revolutionary society, and Liberation Theology, an example of revolutionary religion. After a brief examination of the history of Catholocism in Latin America and Cuba, we will examine how Catholics, Protestants, and other religious groups have fared in Castro's Cuba, examining the political, social, economic, and theological consequences of the revolution for these groups. This will be followed by a discussion of the origins, development, history, and current status of Liberation Theology, one of the most dramatic developments in Latin American religion in the 20th Century. In particular, we will examine the role of Liberation Theology in such countries as Nicaragua and El Salvador. As this is a seminar, students will do outside readings which they will discuss in class. All students will also have to do a research project on a topic concerning religion in Latin America, a project which they will present to class at the end of the semester. Goals: 1. Students will develop their ability to analyze historical texts. 2. Students will complete a historical research project. 3. Students will be able to identify and asses the major issues concering Liberation Theology and religion in Castro's Cuba.
|TEXTBOOKS AND INTERNET LINKS
|This is primarily a reading and discussion course. You are expected to do all readings before the class session so that you can participate fully. All students will be required to make periodic presentations based on the readings, as well as four written critiques that I will assign. Each student will also do a research project concerning religion in Latin America. Topics must be approved by the professor.
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. If the office hours are inconvenient for you, please make an appointment.
|READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
|Readings are taken from the textbooks and some articles. Book chapters are identified by the author's last name.
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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 notsurvive. 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's own constitutes plagiarism. In cases where plagiarism occurs, the instructor has the
right to penalize the student(s) as he or she thinks appropriate, up to and including
failure of the course.
|Class Participation: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.
|Last Updated: August 15, 1999