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SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM B

(2/00)

 

FORM B: DISCIPLINE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

(Submit to Division Chair)

 

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

 

 

Discipline:

Latin American Area Studies

Date

10/9/02

 

See instructions given in separate document.

 

    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:

Objective—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:

Major Requirements

* 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 is strongly recommended).

* 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.

* 1 credit per semester, after declaring 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. 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 Descriptions

 

Anth 2300f,s. Variable Topics in Latin American Cultures and Societies. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 1111 or Soc 1101)

Same as Soc 2300. Use of archaeological, historical, and contemporary materials. Topics may include political institutions, media, popular culture, ethnicity, class, ecology, and cultures.

 

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

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 will be placed in their social and cultural contexts.

 

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

Same as Soc 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.

 

Anth 2302H f. Honors: Women in Latin America. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1111 or Soc 1101, participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Soc 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.

 

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

Research, field, or cultural experiences.

 

ArtH 3251s. Pre-Columbian Arts of the Americas. (FA; 4.0 cr; prereq 1101 or 1111 or 1121 or jr status; not offered 2001-02)

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 #)

Literature of Latin American economics.

 

Engl 3301. Multicultural Literature. (4.0 cr; prereq 1100, 2011)

Comparative examination of literature by African American, Native American, Chicano/a, and Asian American writers.

 

Engl 3341. Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literature. (4.0 cr; prereq 1100, 2011; offered when feasible)

Study of Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature from late nineteenth 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 and Latinos in Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr.;prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212)

Focus on how Chicanas and Latinos have been represented in Hollywood films and how Chicana and Latino 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 3000. Variable Topics in History. (Hist; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; offered when feasible)

Study of a historical topic that transcends the traditional chronological or geographical categories. Possible topics include the history of historical writing, science, and Christianity.

 

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 3601. Variable Topics in Latin American History: Great Books. (IP; 4.0 cr)

A look at history through great books.

 

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 1500s. Contemporary Latin American Novel in Translation. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable with #; does not count toward Spanish major or minor)

Development of the contemporary Latin American novel and short fiction from the 1960s to the present. From the decade of the sixties, the new Latin American novel of the "Boom" emerges along with the names of writers such as García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Juan Rulfo, José Donoso, Luisa Valenzuela, and Vargas Llosa.

 

LAAS 3100f,s. Contemporary Latin America. (1 cr; prereq LAAS major; to be repeated each sem 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. (1-5cr; repeatable; prereq #)

Individualized research project related to Latin America. 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 4503. Variable Topics in Global Business: Stabilization and Development in Latin America. (IP; 2.0 cr; prereq Econ 1111, Econ 1112 or #)

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

 

Pol 3504. Latin American Politics. (IP; 4.0 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 3505. Military and Political Development. (IP; 4.0 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 3507. Political Violence. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1301 or #)

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 2300f,s. Variable Topics in Latin American Cultures and Societies. (IP; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111)

Same as Anth 2300. Use of archaeological, historical, and contemporary materials. Topics may include political institutions, media, popular culture, ethnicity, class, ecology, and cultures.

 

Soc 2301s. Topics in Latin American Cultures/Societies: Social Change and Development in Latin America. (IP; 4.0 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 2302f. Topics in Latin American Cultures/Societies: Women in Latin America. (IP; 4.0 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 2302Hf. Topics in Latin American Cultures/Societies: Honors: Women in Latin America. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111, participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Anth 2302H. 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. 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, instructions, etc.; 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 cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, such as Portuguese, Nahuatl, etc.

 

Span 1051. Variable Topics in Associated Languages: Intro to Language and Culture of Portuguese Speaking People. (IP; 2.0 cr)

Study of the basic skills of Portuguese (reading, speaking, writing, listening) and the cultural contexts of the Portuguese- speaking world, principally Brazil.

 

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. (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 3001f. Advanced Spanish I. (IP; 4 cr)

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. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 3001, ö3101)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 3001.

 

Span 3101s. Introduction to Spanish Literature. (Hum; 4 cr, prereq 2002, ö3002)

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 3201. Masterpieces of Spanish Peninsular Literature I. (Hum; 4.0 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 also demonstrate the ability to discuss in class the ideas of the texts, the context, and they must 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 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 3404. Variable Topics in Latin American Literature: Latin American Theatre. (Hum; 4.0 cr; prereq 3002, 3101)

Reading Latin American plays, class discussion, and acting selected scenes from these plays.

 

Span 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq #)

 

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

Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective.