LAH: Latin American History Courses

Courses

LAH 4135   Spanish Conquest of the Americas

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

This seminar examines the encounters between "old" and "new" worlds from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Through both primary and secondary readings we study the clash of cultures and ensuing development of new "creole" societies. While this is a story of devastation, suffering, and violence, it is also a tale of endurance, survival, and accommodation. Throughout the semester we will endeavor to view the "conquest" from multiple perspectives, including indigenous and African, looking beyond the European conquerors. We also investigate themes of gender, religion, and law to gain a much richer understanding of the monumental event that is broadly referred to as the "conquest" of the Americas. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

LAH 4474   The Colonial Caribbean

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

This course introduces students to the colonial Caribbean, from first contact in 1492 to emancipations in the British Islands in the 1830's. The emphasis throughout is on the Anglophone colonies, though we will cover the early Spanish dominance, African migrations, and the revolution on French St. Domingue.

LAH 4522   The Andes: From the Incas to Today

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

This course follows the development of the Andean region (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina), from the Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire to the fall of the military dictatorships of the late 20th century. It examines the formation of the Spanish colonies and their transition to independent nation-states, though many still retained close ties with the U.K. and Germany, in the 19th century. We will then look at how the influence of and economic dependence upon the U.S. and European nations led Andean states first to Socialism and then to authoritarian/military regimes in the 20th century. While each of the countries that make up the Andes has a unique history, we will examine them as a group, paying particular attention to the themes, events, and patterns that they shared. This will give us a better understanding of some of the most prosperous Latin American countries today.

LAH 4728   Gender and Sexuality in Latin America from Colonization to Today

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

This course examines gender roles and sexuality throughout Latin American History. We begin by investigating pre-Colombian conceptions of sex, gender, and the family. Next we explore how the Spanish conquest altered the role of women in Latin American politics, religion, and society. We also look at how ideas of sex and marriage were altered. After the conquest period notions of gender and sexuality continued to evolve and have a significant impact on independence movements, the creation of nation states, and the abolition of slavery. The course tackles all of these themes, concluding in the 20th century examining current obstacles faced by women and the LGBTQ communities of Latin America. This course explores issues of gender and sexuality across Latin America from Mexico and Cuba to Peru, Brazil, and Colombia. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

LAH 4905   Directed Study

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

LAH 6476   Colonial Caribbean

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

This class introduces students to the colonial Caribbean as a historically unique region. Beginning with European contact in 1492, students examine the century of Spanish hegemony before turning to the evolution of the British islands from frontiers to mature plantation societies, and finally concluding with the emancipation of 1833. Students will evaluate scholarship and sources in the classroom and in major research projects.

LAH 6905   Directed Study

Col of Arts, Soc Sci and Human, Department of History

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)