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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


LACS 400 / HISTORY 578 / CAAS 478. Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America.

Section 001 — Race and Popular Culture in 20th-Century Brazil. Taught in Portuguese. Meets with PORTUG 474.001.

Instructor(s): Paul Johnson

Prerequisites: CAAS 202 recommended. (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course we will read, view and interpret Afro-Brazilian cultural forms (like samba, Carnaval, the orixás, and feijoada), European forms "africanized" in Brazil (like futebol, the musical form of choro, and spiritualism), and contemporary forms imported and indigenized (like rap). We will examine such sub-cultures as they have shifted in status from the margins to the center over the course of the last century. We will ask why and how this shift occurred. We will raise the question of whether such forms have been "whitened" and "folkloricized" to become national forms rather than specifically Afro-Brazilian ones, and how this might change their meanings. Throughout this journey, we will hold in focus the leitmotiv of "race" as it was configured, and is configured today, in the nation-building process of Brazil.

Reading and discussion in Portuguese only, with occasional and limited English. At least semi-conversational Portuguese required.

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LACS 400 / HISTORY 578 / CAAS 478. Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America.

Section 002 — Slavery, Disease and Race: A View from Brazil. Meets with PORTUG 474.002.

Instructor(s): Sidney Chalhoub

Prerequisites: CAAS 202 recommended. (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Slavery and emancipation were the major issues in nineteenth-century Brazilian history. The question of slavery and the African slave trade deeply divided the dominant classes in the years of Independence and formation of the nation-state (1820s and early 1830s). In the context of increasing social unrest, slave rebellion and the growth of coffee cultivation, the propertied classes had rallied their energies for the continuation of slavery by mid-century. In the 1850's, devastating epidemics of yellow fever and cholera made social perceptions of disease an integral part of the history of slavery and emancipation in Brazil. In the 1870's and 1880's, with the drama of emancipation unfolding, yellow fever meant death to European immigrants and a major obstacle to achieving a social configuration that valued the whitening ideal and excluded people of African descent from social and economic opportunities. Thus the interplay of slavery, disease and racial ideologies is a major theme in nineteenth-century Brazilian history, and one that suggests the need to seek broad comparative perspectives in such matters. Although the primary focus of this course is Brazil, students may opt to write a final paper that compares an aspect of the social history of disease and/or slavery in Brazil and another nation or region.

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LACS 471. Elementary Quechua, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Callalli

Prerequisites: (4). 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 472. Elementary Quechua, II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ines Callalli

Prerequisites: Quechua 471. Permission of instructor required. (4). 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 474. Intermediate Quechua, II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ines Callalli

Prerequisites: Quechua 473. Permission of instructor required. (4). 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 476. Advanced Quechua, II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ines Callalli

Prerequisites: Quechua 475. Permission of instructor required. (4). 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 499. Reading and Research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. (1-3). (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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LACS 601 / STDABRD 601. Supervised Graduate Study in Latin America.

Instructor(s): Fernando Coronil (coronil@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent study abroad, by arrangement with instructor and with LACS.

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