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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


Quechua, the language of the Inkas, is spoken today by millions of people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. It has a written literature that goes back to the sixteenth century. The U-M Quechua Language course meets the LS&A undergraduate language requirement. Quechua is offered as a regular course during the academic year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and as an intensive summer course in Cuzco, Peru.


LACS 399. Thesis-Writers' Seminar.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David L Frye (dfrye@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May be elected more than once for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of LACS 399, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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LACS 471. Elementary Quechua, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margarita Huayhua

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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LACS 473. Intermediate Quechua, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margarita Huayhua

Prerequisites & Distribution: Quechua 472. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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LACS 475. Advanced Quechua, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margarita Huayhua

Prerequisites & Distribution: Quechua 474. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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LACS 490. Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Mini-course.

Section 001 — Brazil: Race, Region, and Cultural History. Meets Sept 2 thru October 30. [2 credits]. Meets with History 590.001 and LACS 590.001 and CAAS 490.001. (Drop/Add deadline=September 22).

Instructor(s): Sueann Caulfield (scaul@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of Instructor. (1-2). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 4 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/lacs/490/001.nsf

Brazil is a place of paradoxes and contrasts. The fifth most populous nation, it boasts one of the largest economies and an advanced industrial sector, but suffers income disparity and regional economic imbalances that are among the world's most dire. Its constitution guarantees broad social and economic justice and protects the rights of historically disenfranchised groups, but the implementation and enforcement of the law is hobbled by special interests and police corruption. It is a nation that celebrates its rich multi-ethnic cultural heritage, but remains stratified by perceived racial and regional differences.

In this course, we wil examine the historical roots of these paradoxes, focusing particularly on how racial, ethnic, and regional distinctions have been continually reconstructed since the sixteenth-century European invasion; slavery and post-emancipation social relations; the celebration of racial democracy and the reality of racism in the twentieth century; and the ways that racial and ethnic identification has inspired much of Brazil's unique cultural production, particularly in the areas of dance and music.

The course will conclude by looking at how Brazil's current governing party (the Workers' Party), led by a former laborer from the impoverished northeastern region of Brazil (President Luiz Inacio da Silva, "Lula"), is attempting to change the history of exclusion that has characterized the nation's racial and social history.

Open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.

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LACS 499. Reading and Research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of Instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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