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LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, GR, Fall 2007, Dept = LACS
 
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Title
Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
Requirements
LACS 399 — Thesis-Writers' Seminar
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Frye,David L; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The Senior Thesis required for the interdepartmental concentration program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is intended to deepen your understanding of a specific issue or problem in the field, while drawing together your work in separate disciplines. It represents a significant amount of work, and provides you with an opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty member while exploring in greater depth issues that may have arisen in your earlier course work and research. (If you are interested in Latin America and the Caribbean but cannot devote a considerable amount of energy in your senior year to such a project, you might consider the LACS Undergraduate Minor, which has no thesis requirement.) For more information about LACS 399, please contact the LACS Student Advisor at 763-0553.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LACS 400 — Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Alberto,Paulina Laura

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will explore texts that have helped to construct racial identities in Brazil from the late 19th century to the present. It will trace the ways that changing ideas of race — particularly regarding Brazilians of African descent — have shaped the terms of Brazilian national identity and citizenship. We will focus primarily on texts produced by Brazilians of African descent themselves — specifically, on the so-called "black press," newspapers written by and for African-descended Brazilians across Brazil in the 20th century. Students will work closely with articles from the black press (which will be available in digital form online), learning to place them in dialogue with a wider, more mainstream literature on race and national identity produced in the same period (broadly defined to include novels, short stories, essays, historiography, and song lyrics.) The course will be conducted in Portuguese, with readings in Portuguese and English; shorter writing assignments will be primarily in Portuguese, but students will have the option of completing the final paper in English. Prerequisites: students should be proficient in Portuguese (they should have completed, or placed out of, the Portuguese sequence through PORTUG 232), with particular emphasis on reading and speaking skills; completion of PORTUG 270 is suggested but not required.

Advisory Prerequisite: CAAS 202

LACS 421 — Religions of the African Diaspora
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Johnson,Paul Christopher

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This survey course offers an overview of the religions of the African Diaspora. Beginning with a theorization and genealogy of the concept of diaspora itself, the course provides introductions (both in historical context and contemporary manifestations) to the following: Brazilian Candomblé and Umbanda; Cuban Santería and Palo Monte; Haitian Vodou; Jamaican and globalized Rastafarianism; the ancestor religion of the Garifuna of Honduras, Guatemala and Belize; Obeah/ orisha practices of Trinidad; and the Afro-Baptist tradition and Pentecostal roots of the Black Church in the U.S. Key issues will include the way "Africa" is recreated in ritual practice, the experience of exile and transculturation, and common ritual tropes such as spirit possession, altars devoted to material exchange and sacrifice, performative codes of clothing and music, and many others.

Intended audience: Upper-level undergrads and grad students

Class Format: 3 hours/week in lecture format

Course Requirements:Attendance; participation; short in-class presentations; critical reading reviews; midterm exam; final exam. Undergraduates will do weekly critical reading response/reflection papers of about 3 pages each, making a sum of around 40 pages during the term. They also write essays on midterm and final exams, in addition to doing an oral presentation. Grads will be required to do a research paper.

LACS 455 — Topics in Latin American Studies
Section 002, SEM

Instructor: Coronil,Fernando

FA 2007
Credits: 3

A historical exploration of the shift to the "left" in Latin America.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LACS 471 — Elementary Quechua, I
Section 001, REC

Instructor: Chavez Mejia,Virginia

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Introduces students with little or no Quechua proficiency to conversational and cultural skills needed to use the language in real life situations. Covers both written and spoken Quechua; introduces basic structures of Quechua while focusing on the development of speaking and reading skills; emphasis is on developing conversational ability. Those who successfully finish this course will gain sustained control of basic conversation. Evaluations based on homework, weekly quizzes, reading aloud, interviews.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LACS 473 — Intermediate Quechua, I
Section 001, REC

Instructor: Chavez Mejia,Virginia

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Emphasis is on conversational skills and grammatical structure. Students learn complex structural patterns, build up vocabulary, get acquainted with Andean culture and society, and develop conversation skills. Evaluation based on homework, quizzes, readings, and interviews.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LACS 475 — Advanced Quechua, I
Section 001, REC

Instructor: Chavez Mejia,Virginia

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Improves conversation skills, builds up vocabulary, and heightens reading ability in Quechua. Strengthened aural/oral training is given. Students work with original, unedited texts as well as with edited, re-transcribed materials in Quechua literature. Reading materials inform students of Andean culture, history, and literature. Students learn more accurate syntax, pragmatic ways of expression, and ways of thinking in Quechua. Evaluation based on attendance, homework, exams, class activities.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LACS 499 — Reading and Research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 3
Other: INDEPENDENT

Independent reading and research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies under the direction of a faculty member. Ordinarily available only to students with background in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

LACS 655 — Special Topics in Latin American Studies
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Coronil,Fernando

FA 2007
Credits: 2 — 3

A historical exploration of the shift to the "left" in Latin America.

 
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