ANTHRCUL 346 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces the early period of Latin American history. We begin by exploring Amerindian civilizations on the eve of European arrival in the Americas, before turning to the Iberian Peninsula in the years leading up and through Spanish and Portuguese expansion. We study interactions among Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans, and the emergence of multi-ethnic societies, political and religious cultures in what might most accurately be called a New World for all. Primary sources – both texts and images – are our principal points of entry for understanding colonial systems, work regimes, tensions and conflicts, and evolving identities within “colonial Latin America.” Our focus extends into late eighteenth-century when a variety of struggles and rebellions across the region anticipated independence movements in the early nineteenth century.

For more information about how this course may count toward the Spanish major or minor requirements, students should visit the Romance Languages and Literature website.

Course Requirements:

A mid-term exam will count for 15% of your total grade, and two short papers will together count for 30% (15% each). A take-home final exam will count for another 25% of the grade. Attendance at, preparation for, and participation in a discussion section is required and vital, with your overall performance counting for 30% of the grade.

Assessment will be based on preparation, participation in intermittent exercises and discussions. And on performance in a series of writing, presentational, and analytical opportunities. A "take-home" essay caps off our semester

Class Format:

All students will enroll in a one-hour discussion section in addition to the lecture.


ANTHRCUL 346 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
Note: Interested grad students should register under History 478.010
002 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
003 (DIS)
Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
004 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Partial Term 8/31/20 - 12/10/20
Note: Section 004: Spanish Section. Section 004: Spanish Section. This section is a mixture of in-person and remote with synchronous instruction. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times. Registration for one additional University Course (UC 390) credit available after classes begin.

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