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Curriculum Committee

Form B

 

Rev: 07/2004

 

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Curriculum Committee Form B:

Discipline Objectives and Requirements

 


All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.

 

Date:                                         September 27, 2004

Discipline/Division:                 Latin American Area Studies

 

 

I.   Introductory Statement:  

This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator of Latin American Area Studies. Students must enroll through the LAAS coordinator.

 

II.  Objectives:

To provide a basic introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America, to provide the means essential to gain an understanding of Latin America and its diverse peoples, and to place Latin America in a comparative perspective.

 

III.            Assessment:      

 

IV. Requirements for a Major:

Proficiency in Spanish equivalent to that required for the completion of Span 2002.

4 credits in Latin American history (Hist 1601—Latin American History: A Basic Introduction or its equivalent).

1 credit in LAAS 3201—Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies.

1-4 credits in LAAS 4101—Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies taken together with Hist 3601

Hist 3601 – Great Books in Latin American History

1 credit per semester, after enrolling in the major and when in residence, in LAAS 3100—Contemporary Latin America; no more than 4 credits can be applied to the LAAS major, and up to 4 credits can be applied to the 20-credit elective requirement.

20 additional credits selected from the courses listed below; these courses must come from at least three different academic disciplines. Students are encouraged to use elective credits to acquaint themselves with as many academic fields of Latin American studies as possible. Any directed study course for which an instructor is available is acceptable provided the subject matter is appropriate.  Courses and directed studies not listed below may be approved by the LAAS coordinator, provided the subject matter is appropriate for the major.  These courses may be applied to the 20-credit elective requirement. Students may have up to a two-course overlap with any other major. Additional overlap is possible, but must be approved by the LAAS coordinator.

 

V. Requirements for a Minor:      

 

VI.            Requirements for Teacher Preparation:      

VII. Other heading (include heading title) :      

 

Course Desriptions
Anth 2301s. Social Change and Development in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1111 or Soc 1101 or #) Same as Soc 2301. Study of types of social change taking place in Latin American countries, including economic, political, social, religious, and cultural change. Problems faced, consequences of development, and other types of changes are placed in their social and cultural contexts.

Anth 2302f. Women in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1111 or Soc 1101 or #)

Same as Soc 2302. Study of social statuses of women in Latin American countries and the cultural norms influencing these statuses. Topics include class differences and the varied interests of women of different classes and ethnicities, women's movements, economics and political conditions, religion and women, etc.

 

Anth 2302Hf. Honors: Women in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1111 or Soc 1101, participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Soc 2302H. In addition to regular coursework, honors students are required to compose one creative research paper and acquire pedagogical skills through leading occasional class discussions.

 

Anth 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)


ArtH 3251s. Pre-Columbian Arts of the Americas.
(FA; 4 cr; prereq any 1xxx ArtH class or jr status or #; not offered 2003-04)

The pre-colonial arts of the native peoples of Mexico, South America, and the southwestern United States from 1000 B.C.E. to the 16th century C.E.

 

Econ 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)

 

Engl 3301f. U.S. Multicultural and Multiracial Literatures. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212)

Examination of literatures by African American, Native American, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples.

 

Engl 3341. Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literatures. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212; not offered 2003-04 not offered 2004-05)

Study of Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature from late 19th century to present and its historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention given to themes of language, identity, land, immigration/migration, and spirituality.

 

Engl 3342. Chicanas/os and Latinas/os in Film and Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr.; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212 or #; offered when feasible)

Focus on how Chicanas/os and Latinas/os have been represented in Hollywood films and how Chicana/o and Latina/o writers, actors, and filmmakers have portrayed their people, culture, and various issues in films and writings.

 

Hist 1601s. Latin American History: A Basic Introduction. (IP; 4 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in the study of Latin American history.

 

Hist 3600f. Variable Topics in Latin American History. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes)

Political, economic, social, cultural, and national history of Latin America. Possible topics include Cuban or Mexican revolutions, dependence and underdevelopment, great books on Latin America, and Brazil.

 

 

Hist 3601f. Great Books in Latin American History. (IP; 4 cr)

A look at Latin American history through great books.

 

Hist 3606f. Ancient Maya Civilization. (Hist; 4 cr)

Introduction to Maya cultural traditions from earliest traces of settlement through Spanish conquest in the 16th century.  Archaeological, ethnographical, and historical approaches used to reconstruct ancient Maya civilization.

 

Hist 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)

Opportunity to study analytically a limited topic in Latin American history. Topic determined by the student and instructor.

 

Hum 1550s. Variable Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable with #; does not count toward Spanish major or minor)

Topic to be announced. Topics include women writers of Latin America, film in the Hispanic world, origins of the Spanish character, Latin American novel in translation. Offered as both regular and honors course. Taught in English.

 

Hum 1550Hs. Honors: Variable Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable with #; does not count toward Spanish major or minor; prereq participation in Honors Program or #)

Topic to be announced. Topics include women writers of Latin America, film in the Hispanic world, origins of the Spanish character, Latin American novel in translation. Offered as both regular and honors course. Taught in English.

 

LAAS 3100f,s. Contemporary Latin America. (1 cr; prereq LAAS major; to be repeated each semester a student is in residence; only 4 cr may apply to LAAS major)

Opportunity for LAAS majors to read about and discuss in historical and cultural contexts the more important contemporary developments in Latin America.

 

LAAS 3201. Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies. (1 cr; prereq LAAS major; offered when feasible)

For the student new to the major. Introduction to the standard bibliographical tools and journals in Latin American area studies.

 

LAAS 4101. Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies. (1-4 cr; prereq 3201; prereq sr LAAS major; offered when feasible)

Individual reading in subjects needing further development before completing the LAAS major. Subjects determined by LAAS faculty in consultation with the senior LAAS major.

 

LAAS 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)

Individualized research project related to Latin America. Topic determined by the student and instructor.

Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity related to Latin America not covered in the regular curriculum.  Topic determined by the student and instructor. 

 

LAAS 4994f,s. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq participation in Honors Program, @)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

 

 

 

 

Mgmt 4500. Variable Topics in Global Business. (IP; 2-4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; see specific topics for prereqs)

Epochal changes surrounding structure, institutional dynamics, and organizational adaptation/challenges of global business. Possible topics: globalization process, skill formation and technological change, labor relations, oil and energy, child labor, environmental standards, financial crises, sweatshops, competitive struggle/strategy, business ethics.

 

Mgmt 4503. Stabilization and Development in Latin America. (IP; 2 cr; prereq Econ 1111, Econ 1112 or #)

Macroeconomic instability and the attempts to overcome it throughout the last century have been central to the economic history of Latin Ameica (and arguably to its political and social history as well). Review of some of that historical experience together with the ideas about development which it generated. Latin America's peculiar current insertion into the modern global economy, as well as some of its idiosyncratic economic challenges and intellectual perspectives, studied in this historical light.

 

Pol 3504s. Latin American Politics. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #)

A comparative examination of central issues in and components of Latin American political life, including economic development, regimes and alliances, guerrilla wars, the armed forces, human rights, and democratic consolidation. Countries may include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, and Cuba.

 

Pol 3505f. Military and Political Development. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #)

Explores military intervention in government and the influence of the military on social and economic policies in a variety of regions.

 

Pol 4507s. Political Violence. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #; not offered 2004-05 2006-07)

Examination of causes, processes, and outcomes of violent social conflict, including repression, mass political protests, riot revolt, terrorism, and revolution.

 

Pol 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq pol sci major or @)
Latin American political science.

 

Soc 2301f s. Social Change and Development in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)

Same as Anth 2301. Study of types of social change taking place in Latin American countries, including economic, political, social, religious and cultural change. Problems faced, consequences of development, and other types of changes will be placed in their social and cultural contexts.

Soc 2302s f. Women in Latin America.
(IP; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)

Same as Anth 2302. Study of the social statuses of women in Latin American countries and the cultural norms influencing these statuses. Topics include class differences and the varied interests of women of different classes and ethnicities, women.s movements, economic and political conditions, religion and women, etc.

Soc 2302Hs. Honors: Women in Latin America.
(IP; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111, participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Anth 2302H. In addition to regular course work, honors students are required to compose one creative research paper and acquire pedagogical skills through leading occasional class discussions.

 

Soc 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)

Literature of Latin American sociology.

 

 

 

 

Span 1001f. Beginning Spanish I. (FL; 4 cr)

Study of basic skills of Spanish (reading, speaking, writing, listening) and cultural contexts of Latin America and Spain. Students should demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend materials such as ads and instructions; engage in simple conversations in Spanish, to speak about themselves and express their basic needs; construct sentences and questions in Spanish in order to write accurately at the short paragraph level; comprehend short conversations.

 

Span 1002s. Beginning Spanish II. (FL; 4 cr; prereq 1001 or placement or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 1001.

 

Span 1050. Variable Topics in Associated Languages. (IP; 1-4 cr; offered when feasible)

Introduction to a number of languages and culture of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, (e.g., Portuguese, Nahuatl).

 

Span 1121. Associated Languages:  Beginning Nahuatl I.  (FL; 4.0 cr)
An introduction to the Aztec language, Nahuatl. Emphasis is on written language.

 

Span 1122. Associated Languages:  Beginning Nahuatl II.  (FL; 4.0 cr; Prereq-1052 1121)
Continuation of 1121.

 

Span 2001f. Intermediate Spanish I. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1002 or placement or #)

Review and building of skills with a focus on basic Spanish language structures and tenses. Students should demonstrate the ability to read critically and understand the context of literary and cultural items; respond to simple questions, avoid basic pronunciation errors, engage in short conversations, discuss assigned themes at some length; write accurately at the paragraph level, avoiding common grammatical errors; comprehend conversations.

 

Span 2002s. Intermediate Spanish II or equivalent. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 2001 or placement or #)

Review and building of skills in more complex language structures, tenses, and moods. Students should demonstrate the ability to read with some basic literary analysis and analyze cultural differences; read out loud with understanding, speak in emotive and persuasive language contexts, hold conversations, speak extemporaneously on assigned topics; write analytically and accurately at the short paper level; comprehend short dialogues and paragraphs.

 

Span 2101. Associated Languages:  Intensive Portuguese. (IP; 4 cr; Prereq: Span 2002, Fren 2002 or instructor's permission)

Intensive, accelerated study of the basic skills of Brazilian Portuguese (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with the emphasis being on oral competency.

 

Span 3001f. Advanced Spanish I. Spanish Composition and Conversation I. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 2002 or #)

Study of complex language structures, expansion and reinforcement of grammar constructions, and analysis of literary and/or cultural readings. Students should demonstrate the ability to carefully read, comprehend, and analyze literary works and/or cultural readings; discuss motives and themes in such works, read out loud with proficiency and meaning, hold sustained conversations; use correct grammar to write and present compositions analyzing the works; comprehend main points in Scola televised presentations and materials.

 

Span 3002s. Advanced Spanish II. Spanish Composition and Conversation II. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 3001)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 3001.

 

 

 

 

 

Span 3101s. Introduction to Spanish Hispanic Literature. (Hum; 4 cr, prereq 3001, prereq or coreq 3002)

Study of a variety of literary genres representing the literature of Spain and Latin America; rudiments of literary analysis and interpretation. Students should demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend the literary works studied, analyze works critically while developing a sensitivity toward certain cultural aspects and literary nuances expressed therein; participate in and comprehend sustained class discussion with respect to certain topics or themes; write with accuracy in Spanish and show some degree of analytical proficiency at the short paper level.

 

Span 3201f. Masterpieces of Spanish Peninsular Literature I. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3001, 3002, 3101)

Masterpieces from the Generation of 1898 and the contemporary period. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyze literary texts, using the text as well as the aesthetic, political, historical, and philosophical context in which the work was produced. Students must demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts and the context, and write papers with grammatical precision and rigorous research.

 

Span 3202s. Masterpieces of Spanish Peninsular Literature II. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3201)

Masterpieces from medieval, Renaissance, Golden Age, 18th century, and 19th century. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyze literary texts, using the text as well as the aesthetic, political, historical, and philosophical context in which the work was produced. Students must also demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts and the context, and they must write papers with grammatical precision and rigorous research.

 

Span 3211. Literature and Culture of Latin America. (HUM; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

 A study of important exemplary works of Latin American literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts will be examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical and philosophical.

 

Span 3212. Literature and Culture of Spain.(Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

A study of important exemplary works of Spanish (peninsular) literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts will be examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical and philosophical.

 

Span 3301f. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature I. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

Masterpieces from Latin America in the 20th century. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyze literary texts, using the text as well as the aesthetic, political, historical, and philosophical context in which the work was produced. Students must also demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts and the context, and they must write papers with grammatical precision and rigorous research.

 

Span 3302s. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature II. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

Masterpieces from Latin America from 1492 to 1900. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyze literary texts, using the text as well as the aesthetic, political, historical, and philosophical context in which the work was produced. Students must also demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts and the context, and they must write papers with grammatical precision and rigorous research.

 

Span 3400s. Variable Topics in Latin American Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 3002, 3101)

Topic to be announced. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyze literary texts, using the text as well as aesthetic, political, historical, and philosophical context in which the work was produced. Students must also demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts and the context, and they must write papers with grammatical precision and rigorous research.

 

Span 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)

 

Span 3601  Seminar: Reality Born on Paper in Colonial Latin American Literature.  (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

This course analyzes the multiple roles of writing during the conquest, the colonial period and the era of independence and nation-building, as well as its vital importance in the shaping of Latin American ŅidentityÓ and in the perception of the people and geography of the region

 

Span 3602  Seminar:Contemporary (Re-)Visions of Colonial Latin America: Revenge or Re-Match?

(Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

A study of the re-reading and re-writing of the Conquest and Colonial periods in Latin America, focusing on how these periods are approached, or fictionally reversed, by contemporary authors. Readings include narrative, poetry and theater written during the twentieth century, but based on or inspired by colonial texts.

 

Span 3621 Seminar:Confessions and Letters in Latin American Fiction. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of confessions and letters in Latin American Fiction. Fiction is seen as a combination of texts within other texts. The combination becomes part of the fictional game which imitates and enhances reality.

 

Span 3622  Seminar:Exile and Emigration in Latin American Fiction.  (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

Study of Contemporary Latin American literary texts where characters face forms of exile, abandonment and displacement as a result of emigration to Europe and USA.

 

Span 3623  Seminar:Ecology and Nature in Latin American Literature.  (Envt; 4cr; prereq 3101; offered when feasible)

Study of Latin American texts where authors create character that read or misread Nature and its preservation or extinction. And how globalization is making this issue more relevant in the Latin American context.

 

Span 3651  Seminar:Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraÕs El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

Study of Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraÕs novel El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha in light of its socio-historical context.

Span 3652  Seminar:Literary Minorities in Early Modern Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of the representative literary works written by or about Spanish Jewish and Muslim minorities from the middle ages to the seventeenth-century in light of their respective socio-historical contexts.

 

Span 3653  Seminar:Mar’a de Zayas: Literary Violence in Golden Age Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

 Study of the major works of seventeenth-century writer Mar’a de Zayas y Sotomayor, The Enchantments of Love (1637) and The Disenchantments of Love (1647) in light of their socio-historical contexts and the political issues surrounding the formation of literary canons.

 

Span 3654 Seminar:Sex, Love and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)

The theme of sex, love, and marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature through prose, poetry, and theatre of the Golden Age (XVI-XVII centuries) Spain. Consideration of the gender relations and gender politics reflected in the works and the socio-historical context in which these works were produced.

 

 

 

Span 3671  Seminar:Origins of the Spanish Character. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) This course analyzes the Medieval and Golden Age roots of many of the beliefs and attitudes of contemporary Spain. Themes common to Spain, explored in both traditional and modern contexts, may include honor, patriotism, religion, idealism, individuality, satire, love, pride, etc.

 

Span 3672  Seminar:Reform in Spain:  The Saint and the Journalist. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) This course analyzes, compares, and contrasts the lives and writings of St. Teresa of Avila (XVI Century) and Mariano Josˇ de Larra (XIX Century) as they worked toward a better Spain. Difficulties of religious and cultural reform as well as differences in traditional and enlightenment values are explored.

 

Span 3681  Seminar:Romanticism and Revolution in 19th Century Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the first half of the nineteenth century in Spain, with emphasis on the expression of the Romantic vision within the particular political context of the period, marked by tensions between liberal reform and traditional conservatism.

 

Span 3682  Seminar:Realism and Reform in 19th Century Spain.  (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of representative texts (novels, stories and essays) from the second half of the nineteenth century in Spain, with emphasis on the rise of realism as an exploration of the socio-political reality of the era and the need for reform. The focus will be on general trends in Western cultures (eg., industrialization, positivism, secularization).

 

Span 3683 Seminar:Modernity and Identity in Spain: 1900-1930 (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the early decades of the 20th century in Spain with particular emphasis on their responses to changes brought by modernity: advancing technology, modern psychology, political experimentation, spiritual exploration, and artistic innovation.

 

Span 4001   Research Symposium.  (Hum; 4cr; prereq #) A capstone experience for majors, consisting of an introduction to research methods and critical approaches to literature, as well as development of an independent research project and presentation.


Spch 3411f. Intercultural Communication Theory and Research.
(HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 2101 or #)

Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective.