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Spring 2012-2013
* LAS 212 (SA)   na, npdf

Latin American Politics through Film

Daniela Campello

Latin American society, politics and economics have undergone dramatic transformations over the last 50 years. In this course, we will study the changing political landscape of these countries, leveraging the medium of popular media, including cinema and TV. We will watch and discuss films that portray central features of Latin American political life, such as colonialism, guerilla movements, military dictatorships and their aftermath, crime, corruption, poverty, drug trafficking and violence. In addition to readings, these films will provide a backdrop to animate our investigation of democracy and development in the region.

Sample reading list:
Skidmore, Thomas and Smith, Peter and Green, James, Modern Latin America
Thorp, Rosemary, Progress, Poverty and Exclusion
Levistky, Steven and Roberts, Kenneth, eds., The Resurgence of the Latin American Left
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: about 100 pages/week. Writing: 3-4 pages movie review, 10-12 research paper on key topic (examples; dictatorships, democratization, revolution, resurgence of the left), mid-term and final exams in class.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Classes will be taught in English, but basic knowledge of Spanish would be desirable..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43624 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled