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LAS C050. Perspectives of Latin America (3 s.h.) (IS) FS
Examines essential characteristics and values of Latin American societies, including class and ethnic matters, religious traditions, intellectual life (art, music, and literature), and social change. Meets International Studies Core Curriculum requirement. One section fulfills the Studies in Race requirement. 

LAS 100. Latin America Through Film and Fiction (3 s.h.) S
Economic and political change; role of institutional forces including the military and church. Cultural and intellectual traditions and trends, past and present. Multi‑media approach. Given in Spanish as part of the LASS program (see above). 

 LAS 129. Politics of Development in Latin America (3 s.h.) FS
An examination of Latin America’s struggle for economic development, one of the most important human dramas of the 20th century. Emphasis of the relationships that have prevailed over the last few decades between developmental theories and the everyday lives of Latin American peoples. Discussion of the political and ideological questions involved in Latin American development. Exploration of how Latin American developmental issues affect the United States through matters such as job relocations and trade pacts. 

 LAS 130. Democracy in Latin America (3 s.h.) 98-99
An examination of the structure and culture of Latin American democracies organized around three major themes: (1) a discussion of theories of democracy; (2) the formation and development of democratic institutions in Latin America; and (3) the political culture of Latin American democracy. Uses a social problems approach to look at two controversial Latin American issues since the late 1960's: the tension between adopting a procedural vs. a substantive definition of democracy, and the emphasis on political vs. socioeconomic factors in explaining democratization.

LAS 138. Topics in Latino Studies  

LAS 139. Topics in Caribbean Studies  

LAS 140. Topics in Latin American Studies I  

LAS 141. Topics in Latin American Studies II

  LAS 145. Other Voices: Black, Native Peoples, and Women in Latin American Literature (3 s.h.) S
The literature of Latin America includes many works which are not part of the canon. Often these are writings of the oppressed: persons of color, women, indigenous peoples. The texts such authors produce are often not considered as deserving of literary attention or as having artistic merit. By giving attention to these writers, we can analyze their viewpoints on Latin American society, history, and culture, comparing their vision as outsiders with that of the official version. 

LAS 148. Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia (3 s.h.) 88-99
The history and present state of Philadelphia Puerto Rican community with comparisons to other mainland Puerto Rican communities. Course includes use of Puerto Rican materials in the Paley Library Urban Archives. 

LAS 160. Environmental Issues in Latin America: A Social Problems Perspective (3 s.h.) 98.‑99
Examination of the complex interrelationship between social problems and environmental degradation in Latin America. Consideration of the relationship between poverty and the destruction of the environment. Emphasis upon three topics: (1) the impact of human activity and resource utilization on the Latin American environment; (2) the role of political and economic factors in generating the Latin American environmental crisis; and (3) the interaction between development priorities and environmental protection. 

LAS 162. Religion in Latin America (3 s.h.) 98‑99
Trends in Latin American religion, including the impact of liberation theology, the challenge of evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism, and the continuing vitality of Afro‑Latin American religion. 

LAS 167. Gender and Society in Latin America (3 s.h.) 98-99
An interdisciplinary examination of the nature of gender relations and women's subordination in Latin America with a focus on contemporary societies. Issues discussed include: the impact of family and kinship relations on women's participation in both urban and rural labor markets and informal economies; ideologies of gender subordination; cultural expression in the writings of Latin American women as agents of history and ideology; the significance of gender­based politics and movements; and the impact of both national and grassroots development efforts on the status and identity, of women. 

LAS 170. Historical Continuity and Social Change in Latin America (3 s.h.) F
Overview of Latin American history from a social change/social problems perspective. Some of the historical themes addressed include: social inequality and unequal exchange, cultural domination and resistance, racial minorities and indigenism, the role of women in Latin American societies, political imposition and democracy, and national independence. 

LAS 189. Indians and the Nation-State in Latin America (3 s.h.) S
An examination of the lived experiences of contemporary Indians struggling for human dignity in the lowest strata of Latin American class structures. A focus from an indigenous point of view upon issues such as land rights, environmental health, and political and economic self-determination. 

LAS 302. Contemporary Brazilian Scene (3 s.h.) 98-99
Modern and contemporary Brazilian themes including democracy, neoliberelism and nationalism, cultural and ideological dissent, and popular social movements. Course materials include Brazilian writings, documents and films. 

LAS 303. Processes of Change in Latin America 

LAS W315. Latin American Studies Seminar (3 s.h.) 98‑99
A multidisciplinary course open to Latin American Certificate candidates and juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Uses seminar format to prepare and discuss individual student research projects on Latin America. 


ANTHRO 169. South American Archaeology (3 s.h.) S
A survey of prehistoric cultures of South America. Concentrates on (1) the initial entry and spread of human populations into South America and the West Indies, (2) origins of tropical and highland agriculture, (3) the rise of urbanism, civilization, and the state in the Andes, and (4) the impact of prehistoric cultures on the environment. 

ANTHRO 260. Native Peoples of South America (3 s.h.) S. See LAS 189 

ANTHRO 261. Transformation of Traditional Cultures in Latin America  

ANTHRO 262. Peoples of the Andes 


ECON 220. Economics of Development and Growth (3 s.h.) Prerequisites: Economics C051 and C052,, or permission of instructor.An overview of the forces that influence economic development and growth. Topics include alternative theories of development, empirical studies of the development pros, and the role of non-economic factors in helping or hindering economic progress.


HIST 340.  Latin America to 1930

HIST 344.  Contemporary Latin America

HIST 345. History of Mexico (3 s.h.) S Following a brief background examination of indigenous civilizations and Spanish colonial rule, the course examines the political economy of 19th and 20th century Mexico. Particular attention will be devoted to the causes and consequences of the Mexican Revolution of 1910; the issues of political power, gender, race, ethnicity, and class in the remaking of Mexico from a rural, agrarian society into an industrial, urban member of NAFTA; and such historical sources of conflict with the United States as imperial expansion, migration, and narcotics trafficking.

HIST 346. Caribbean History 

HIST 348. History of Brazil

HIST 349. Argentina and Chile

HIST 350. Topics in Latin American History


HIST 354. History of Puerto Rico (3 s.h.) F An examination of the basic historical forces that have shaped Puerto Rico, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention will focus upon the three principal political positions advanced for the island –autonomy, independence, and incorporation- and upon the cultural and socio-economic implications of each. Migration and the condition of Puerto Rican Communities in the U.S. will also be discussed. 


JOURN 354. The Press of Latin America


MUSIC 396        Latin American Ensemble

MUSIC 717        Music of the African Diaspora

MUSIC 745        Music of Central and South America

MUSIC 754        Music of the Caribbean


POL SCI 261. The Politics of Multinational Corporations (3 s.h.) F An introduction to the study of international political economy. Major focus is government-business relations; in particular, the development and organization of transnational corporations, how the activities of these business enterprises affect the goals and situation of national states and the structure of interstate relations, and the methods by which national states can respond to international corporate activity.


PORT 385. Contemporary Portuguese and Brazilian Literature 


REL 158. African Religions and New World Culture (3 s.h.) S African religion and culture continues to exist in the religious and cultural life of African-Americans. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine African-American religion, folklore, literature, music, and communication in order to assess the continuation and transformation of African culture in the worldview of African-Americans.


SOC 163. Area Studies: Latin American Development (3 s.h.) 98-99 Prerequisite: Admittance to Latin American Studies 'Semester. This course examines patterns of socioeconomic and political development in different parts of Latin America. Topics to be studied include: agrarian reforms, patterns of industrialization and urbanization, financial dependency, military regimes, revolutionary movements, and transitions to democracy. This course is taught in Spanish for the LASS program.


SPAN 230. Spanish-American Culture and Civilization (3 s.h.) (D1) F Study of the Spanish-American people through their literature, history, architecture, art, music, and European/indigenous traditions and institutions.

SPAN 240. Introduction to Spanish American Literature (3 s.h.) F 98 and alternate F A panoramic view of Spanish American literature.

SPAN 320. Puerto Rican Literature I 

SPAN 321. Puerto Rican Literature lI

SPAN 322. 20th Century Puerto Rican Authors

SPAN 342. Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 343. Spanish American Novel (3 s.h.) F This course will focus on the novel as genre seen from different perspectives, according to instructor's choice.

SPAN 344. Contemporary Spanish-American Fiction

SPAN 345. National Literatures of Spanish-America

SPAN 346. Latin American Poetry

SPAN 351. Latin American Literature of Social Conflict


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