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Fall 2017-2018
* LAS 374 / HIS 486 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Politics and Social Change in Latin America, 1968-Present

Fernando E. Acosta-Rodriguez
Jeremy I. Adelman
Maria d. Inclan

How did Latin American civilians organize publicly to protest democratic and authoritarian rulers? This course will look at the ways in which citizens responded to social, political, and economic policies in a turbulent time to create new understandings of human rights and social identities. Our case studies will focus especially on Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mexico City, and Caracas. To tackle the theme of popular politics, we will use a special collection of posters, leaflets, broadsheets, cartoons, and placards. We will use them to learn about the voices of protest, the strategies of organizing, and the search for narratives.

Sample reading list:
Louis Bickford, The Archival Imperative
Francis Blouin, Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History
Julia Paley, Marketing Democracy: Power and Social Movements
Susan Eckstein, Power and Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements
Elizabeth Jelin, State Repression and the Labors of Memory
Charles Tilly & Sidney Tarrow, Contentious Politics
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
We will assign about 150 pages a week of reading secondary sources. There will also be primary case study materials of about 20 pages of text and images.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A basic background in Latin American politics, history or literature will help, but is not required..

Other information:
Other 20% = Final Project

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22732 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:20 Limit:18 Closed