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AP/SOSC4450 3.0A

Aspects of Modern Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Culture and Politics

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Advanced Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Curriculum Vitae




SOSC 4450 3.0 /  HUMA 4300 3.0
Aspects of Modern Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Culture and Politics

Fall 2013

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Tuesdays 11:30 AM -2:20 PM
Room: Vari 1020

Course Director: Professor J.A. Hellman
Office 133 Founders College
Telephone: 736-2100 ext. 44087   
Web site:
Office hours: Fall term:  Drop in:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:20 AM or at other times by appointment.

This course will bring together works from both social science and the humanities to explore some of the central themes of Latin American and Caribbean history and contemporary life.  Drawing on oral history, novels, and social science, the course will cover a range of topics that include:  the impact of the conquest and colonial rule, the consolidation of land tenure patterns, indigenous culture and movements, revolutions, resistance and repression, the politics of race relations, rural life in the Caribbean and Latin America, national and international immigration, and the life of Latin American and Caribbean people in the diaspora. 


Seminar participation:


Weekly papers;


Midterm exam;


Final Exam or Oral History Project



Participation and weekly papers:  The course meets as a weekly, three-hour seminar on Tuesdays 11:30 AM -2:20 PM.  Members of the seminar will be expected to attend every week and to come to class prepared with a two to three page, double-spaced, written reflection on the weekly readings (500-750). This written work must also be submitted via turnitin.  There will be no formal presentations. Rather, all members of the seminar will be expected to arrive in the classroom ready at any time to respond to a request to lead off the discussion on the readings of that week, based on their reading of the material.   

Given the centrality of seminar participation anyone absent from seminar more than once will lose participation points except in the case of a fully documented medical problem or emergency. Those who regularly come late to class will lose participation credit in proportion to their tardiness. 

Exams and the Oral History option:  15% of the final grade will be determined by an in-class exam in week 8. 

For the remaining 25% of the grade you can choose between a formal, sit-down final examination in the exam period or you can elect to research and write an oral history of a person from Latin America or the Caribbean whom you will interview in multiple sessions and whose story you will contextualize in a ten page paper.  The instructor will provide help to assist you in locating and gaining permission to interview the person whose history you will relate in your written essay.   

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