Greg Landau Ph.D

ORIENTATION MUB 398 7:00 -9:00pm Tues. Aug. 22 or online via video conference.


Fall 2017


Syllabus


History of Latin America Online- Fall 2017

This course will explore the history, culture and institutions of Modern Latin America. The readings and videos will provide students a broad range of perspectives and analysis of the historical development of Latin America.

Grading

1. Midterm: 20% 

2. Essay #1 10% 

3. Essay #2 10% 

4. Final Exam: 20% 

5. Research Paper: 30% 

6. Participation in forum and discussions 10% 

30 postings minimum, one paragraph minimum length, these should be substantial narratives.

YOU MUST POST AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK!!! THESE WILL BE MONITORED FOR CONTENT.

7. Attend the midterm and final review sessions to prepare for the exams.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
A. Understand the different methods of inquiry used in the social sciences
B. Contrast and Compare the different struggles for Independence throughout Latin America
C. Explain the emergence of elite-led political, social, cultural and economic systems in the 19th Century and its consequences for Latin American societies
D. Understand the impact ofthe Monroe Doctrine in the history of United States - Latin
America relations
E. Analyze the economic models, political systems, cultural tensions and social revolutions present in the modem history ofLatin America

Required Books
Modern Latin America, Eighth Edition (no other) by Thomas E. Skidmore (Author), Peter H. Smith (Author), James N. Green (Author)
Dancing with Dynamite by Benjamin Dangl ( available as ebook)
Guerilla Wars of Latin America (available online with the course)



Week 1- -: Why Latin America?
Read MLA chapter 1- Why Latin America?
Read The Curse of Colombus by Eduardo Galeano
Read Noam Chomsky: The Great Work of Subjugation and Conquest

Week 2-  Colonial Foundations
Read: MLA 15-45
Read: Fidel Castro-The Yankee Bases and the Latin American Sovereignty
Watch Carlos Fuentes-The Buried Mirror- Spain's Islamic Heritage

Week 3- : Mexico-The Taming of the Revolution
Read MLA- PP> 45-77
Read: The Zapatista Rebellion
View: The Sixth Sun- Mayan Uprising in Chiapas

Week 4-  Central America- Within the US Orbit
This section is two weeks long
Read: MLA pp. 79-111
Read: Guerrilla Wars of Central America- Introduction and three chapters
View: Target Nicaragua

Week 5-  Keep reading

Week 6- Cuba: Key Colony, Socialist State
Read: MLA 112-141
Read: Cuba: Half a Century of Distored Reportin and Counting by Saul Landau
View Video: Fidel

Week 7-  The Andes: Soldiers, Oligarchs and Indians
Read: MLA pp. 142-183
Read: Dancing with Dynamite
Chapter One
Bolivia’s Dance with Evo Morales
Chapter Two
Ecuador: Indigenous Uprisings and Betrayals of the State

Week 8- Colombia: Civility and Violence
Read: MLA pp. 185-211
View Video: Plan Colombia
MIDTERM REVIEW 

Week 9-  Venezuela: The Perils of Prosperity
Read MLA- pp. 212-235
Read: Dancing with Dynamite: Chapter Five- Venezuela: Uses of the Bolivarian Revolution
View video: The Revolution WIll Not Be Televised
Assignment: Turn in midterm exam

Week 10-


Week 11-  Argentina: Progress, Stalemate, Discord
Read: MLA- pp. 236-267
Read- Dancing with Dynamite- Chapter Three: Argentina: The Rebellion and the Ballot Box
Read: Disapeared Writers
Read: Understanding Argentina’s Dirty War Through Memoir

Week 12-  Chile: Repression and Democracy
Read MLA: 268-297
View Video: Interview with Allende

Week 12-  Brazil: The Awakening Giant
Read: MLA pp. 296-340
Read: Dancing with Dynamite, Chapter Six, Brazil: Lula and the Landless


Week 13-  Strategies for Economic Development
Read: MLA pp. 243-369
Dancing with Dynamite= Chapter Eight-South America and the United States: Finding Common Ground in Crisis


Week 14-  Dynamics of Political Trasnformation
Read MLA- pp 343-369
Assignment- Turn in Five Page Research Paper.


Week 15-  Culture and Society
Read MLA- pp.396-430






Orientation Aug. 21 -6:30pm - 9:00 pm Art 182 or online via video conference

LALS 14 Diego Rivera;

Art and Social Change in Latin America



Prof. Greg Landau Ph. D


Email: glandau@rocketmail.com


 

Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s work exemplifies the use of art to create an awareness of history and to promote social change in Latin America. This interdisciplinary class will explore the work of Diego Rivera and the Latin American cultural movements that developed to address relevant social and political issues. 

 

Required Readings:

Art and Revolution in Latin America by David Craven (two chapters will be available as PDF)

Mexican Muralists by Desmond Rochfort SECTIONS OF THIS BOOK THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS A PDF FILE AS IT IS OUT OF PRINT

BUY THESE TWO

Mexican Muralism: Anreus, Greeley and Folgarait

My Art My Life, by Diego Rivera

Interview with Diego Rivera and other readings will be supplied through online sources or handouts

 

One book from Library’s Rivera book list:

Such as Anthony Lee, Painting on the Left, Patrick Marnham, Elise Goodman, Dreaming with His Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera

 

Assignments: Students will write a five page (minimum) essay about the role of art in movements for social change in Latin America. 20% MLA format, at least two academic text sources. No Wikipedia or encyclopedia references allowed.

Midterm and Final exams based on the readings and material presented in the lectures. 20% each

 

Two 2-page essays- 10% each

 

Students will create a mini-mural, either painted, drawn, using a collage of cut outs or multimedia based to present in class.  Students will explain their work in class in a brief informal presentation. 

Counts for credit, not graded 10%

 

Participation: Attendance in class disucssions 10%