LACS 490 - Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Mini-course
Section: 001 Contemporary Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in Latin America.
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Department: LSA II: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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Class Misc Info:
Public Health mini-course,meets 10/6-10/31. (Drop/Add deadline=10/10/08)..
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of Instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines processes of politicization of sexuality and public health in Latin America, and their limits and tensions. We will discuss four main fields of political and social struggles: 1) “Women rights”: Feminist movements, gender perspectives, reproductive rights and reproductive health issues; 2) “HIV/AIDS”: HIV/AIDS movements, rights and policies; 3) “Non-heteronormative sexuality and gender”: GLBT movements, queer perspectives, sexual rights and issues; 4) “Drug use”: Drug users’ rights, drug policies and drug issues. In each field, some case studies will allow us to discuss both the specific features and the more general trends of those political processes: for example, emergency contraception and (illegal) abortion for the reproductive field. The analysis of those processes of politicization will allow us to critically revisit a Latin American tradition of framing social issues as collective, structural, political and historical, in opposition to a more hegemonic framing of issues as individual, contingent, non-political (i.e., private, natural) and “out-of-time”. The approach is twofold: on one hand, we select a political issue (e.g., abortion) and discuss the conflicts of rights that it entails (e.g., women rights vs. rights of the unborn). On the other hand, we analyze the political forms of contention around such rights, especially the formation of specific social movements.

LACS 490 - Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Mini-course
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001 (LEC)
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Class meets Oct 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, and 30 from 5-8PM
002 (LEC)
MW 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Note: This class will meet on Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, Dec. 1, 3, and 8. It will be taught in Portuguese and is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. Students may complete assignments in either Portuguese or English.
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