1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
|Course Prefix and Number:||LACS 101|
|Course Title:||Culture and Society of Latin America I|
|Semester Credit Hours:||3|
|Class Day and Time:||
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.
This course begins a survey of the culture of Latin America. It is designed to be taken in sequence with LACS 102 as an intensive study of the people of Latin America. Meets multicultural graduation requirement.
- Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America revised 2011 edition
- Author: Juan Gonzalez (Penguin Books)
Course Learning Outcomes
- Describe social, political, and economic forces that have created a culture.
- Describe characteristics of a culture.
- Articulate a sense of cultural identity in relation to the particular culture studied.
Additional Instructor Objectives
This course focuses on northern Latin America: Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, their cultures, history and current events. The second part of the sequence, LACS 102, focuses on South America.
Feature films, documentaries, music and outside readings will be presented to illustrate daily life in various countries and to further the appreciation of other cultures.
Students are expected to engage with the material in a thoughtful manner, to reflect on and question some of their assumptions about other cultures, as well as their own.
Special Course Requirements
This is a highly participatory class. As such, you will be expected to do the readings thoughtfully before class, view films presented actively and be prepared to participate in discussion. Participation grades and mini-quizzes will be used to ensure students keep up on reading and stay well engaged.
This is not a lecture class! That is, while the instructor will present some general information and guide discussions, the bulk of the class requires you as the student to take an active role discussing, expressing opinions, presenting, etc.
You will sign up for 1 presentation of approx. 10 minutes in length on a particular country-specific topic (music, art, current events), with options for dates and topics provided by the instructor. You will be expected to do outside research and use some type of audio-visual support in your presentations.
To evaluate your understanding of the material, there will be midterm and final exams where you will be required to identify and define key people and concepts discussed and write brief essay responses analyzing the materials of the course, including readings, films and other materials presented in class.
A typical class begins with a mini-quiz over the readings, followed by student culture presentations. Then we will discuss the primary readings in small group and whole class formats, guided by questions from the instructor.
After a 10 minute break, we will generally view part of a film or documentary related to the readings. Then, after a second break, we will discuss the film and any secondary readings in groups and/or as a class.
Student are encouraged to take detailed notes on material that is presented in class, as the midterm and final exams will cover both the readings as well as the films and other materials discussed in class.
Out of Class Activities
Students are responsible for having read the assigned materials before class on the day that they are listed on D2L in order to participate in class discussion and be prepared for mini-quizzes and exams.
Readings will vary in length, but students should expect to devote at least 2-3 hours weekly outside of class to complete the readings carefully, take notes and prepare for quizzes or exams.
Students are responsible for material covered during class periods when they are absent. If a student is unable to attend class, he/she should immediately contact the instructor via email.
The only required text for the course is Juan Gonzalez´s "Harvest of Empire," from which we will read several excerpts. All of the other reading materials will be provided in PDF form on D2L.
|Participation||100 Points||20% of grade|
|Description - |
Since the bulk of class time is devoted to discussion, it is vital that you do the readings carefully, take notes and come prepared to participate actively in group work and discussion. You will receive a midterm and final participation grade with specific feedback.
|Method of Evaluation - |
A student who receives an A-level participation grade...
|Mini-quizzes||100 Points||20% of grade|
|Description - |
In order to ensure that students are completing the readings in a thorough and timely fashion, there will be 5 mini-quizzes at the beginning of class on weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. Each quiz will be worth 20 points.
|Method of Evaluation - |
These quizzes will be comprised of fairly simple true/false, matching or fill in the blank exercises about the main ideas from the readings. Students who have done the readings carefully and taken notes should have no problem doing well on the mini-quizzes.
|Exams||200 Points||40% of grade|
|Description - |
Students will take a midterm and final exam in class on weeks 4 and 8. Each exam will cover the outside readings, in class films and other materials presented in class.
**Please note: In the event that you are absent on the day of an exam, you will need to provide a documented excuse of illness or other personal situation in order to make it up.
|Method of Evaluation - |
The midterm and final exams will be more challenging and comprehensive than the mini-quizzes. They include some multiple choice or matching sections, but the bulk of the exams involves short answer identification of key people and concepts, as well as brief essay questions which will require students to analyze some of the major topics covered in class.
|Cultural Presentation||100 Points||20% of grade|
|Description - |
Students will be provided with a sign-up sheet with a variety of topics related to the countries studied. These may include music, art, history, indigenous cultures, social movements, etc.
|Method of Evaluation - |
An A-level presentation can be described in this way:
Additional Information / Instructions
PLEASE NOTE!! Topics and dates listed below are tentative and subject to change.
Detailed information about outside readings and in class assignments for each week will be available under the 'Content' tab on D2L.
Schedule of Activities and Assignments
|Introduction to Latin America|
Description of course content and expectations. Introduction to Latin America, Pre-Colombian Cultures and the Discovery and Conquest of the Americas.
The readings for the first class will be sent via email to students the week before class begins.
All further outside readings for the course will be available under the 'Content' tab on D2L in PDF format at least a week ahead of the day by which they should be completed.
Zinn "Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress"
|The Caribbean: Puerto Rico & the DR|
We will discuss the status debate of Puerto Rico and issues of racial identity in the DR with excerpts from the documentaries "The Last Colony" and "Black in Latin America."
Gonzalez "Puerto Ricans" and others TBA
|The Caribbean: Cuba and the Cuban Revolution|
We will begin with mini-quiz 2 and then discuss the precursors, events and consequences of the Cuban Revolution as well as the current warming of US-Cuban relations.
|Central America: El Salvador and Nicaragua|
We will begin with an introduction about Central America and then focus on the Civil Wars of the 1970's and 80's, especially in the cases of the guerrilla movements in El Salvador and Nicaragua
|Central America: Guatemala|
|Mexico: from colonization to the Revolution|
We will discuss important present day issues in Mexico: NAFTA, the Zapatistas, Drug Trafficking and Immigration.
Gonzalez "Mexicans" and others TBA
|Conclusions and final exam|
No readings, just study for the FINAL EXAM
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