RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Pigmentocracy, Racism and Social Stratification in Latin America
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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Latin America’s complex history of colonialism has left a pertinent mark on its social and structural development. Perhaps the most influential consequence of colonialism is its social stratification based on skin color. While the new republics established after their independence in the 19th century promised equal rights and opportunities for all, the social discourse and attitudes surrounding class, color, and indigenous culture rooted in colonization remain deeply internalized by citizens today. This course aims to examine social stratification in the Andean region, specifically Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, to assess the impact of colonization on the development of pigmentocracy, a social hierarchy that enforces classism and racism based on skin color perceptions. We will explore various resources to learn how these countries continue to define concepts of ethnicity, identity, and also aims to understand how the intersectionality of different social identities debilitates resistance to a pervasive system of white dominance. Furthermore, this class will also address present-day public policy and social measures to analyze their effectiveness and shortcoming in tackling practices of discrimination.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Students write three academic essays and weekly entries in journals or blogs, and prepare at least one formal presentation. Active participation in daily discussion is expected

Intended Audience:

RCLang is open to all UM students. RC students must have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term or taken another Readings seminar. LSA students must have completed SPA 277.

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.


RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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