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LA173f History of Latin America To understand the historical roots of Latin America's enduring tensions and conflicts, students discuss and analyze sources (especially primary ones), write several short historical essays, and research and present a historical drama. Themes include the first American civilizations, the construction of colonial hierarchies, frustrated modernizations (religious, socioeconomic, political), liberalism and conservativism, nationalism, neocolonialism, and social revolutions. Four credit hours. H, I. FALLAW
LA174s Introduction to Latin American Studies Cross-disciplinary, historically-grounded introduction to modern Latin America, including developing the capability to analyze and articulate the underlying forces behind the region's historical problems and its common geographical and environmental features (i.e. frontiers, regionalism), polities, cultural features, and recurring socioeconomic structures (i.e. plantations, favelas). Historical themes include the Gilded Age of export-oriented liberal modernization, the construction of supposedly timeless national cultures during the "critical decades" of the 1920s and 1930s, urban populism and economic nationalism, the Cuban Revolution, and Cold War dictatorships. Four credit hours. H, I. FALLAW
[LA214] Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America Listed as Economics 214. Four credit hours. I.
[LA235] Ethnographies of Latin America: Violence and Democracy in the Andes Listed as Anthropology 235. Four credit hours.
[LA236] Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State Listed as Anthropology 236. Four credit hours.
[LA242] Anthropology of Latin America: City Life Listed as Anthropology 242. Four credit hours.
[LA268] Latino/a Cultural Expressions in Literature and Film Listed as Spanish 268. Four credit hours. L, U.
[LA272] History of Law, Society, and Rebellion in Mexico Listed as History 272. Four credit hours. H, I.
[LA274] Race, Religion, and Frontiers in Iberian-American Colonization Listed as History 274. Four credit hours. H, I.
LA275j Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America Listed as History 275. Three credit hours. H, I. FALLAW
LA277s History of the Maya from 200 B.C. Listed as History 277. Four credit hours. H, I. FALLAW
LA297Jj Environmental Issues in Latin America Listed as Global Studies 297J. Three credit hours. BURKE
LA473f Historical Roots of Violence in Modern Latin America Listed as History 473. Four credit hours. H, I. FALLAW
LA483f, 484s Senior Honors Thesis A year-long research project for senior majors resulting in a written thesis to be publicly presented and defended. Students may register either for two credits in the fall, January, and spring terms or for three credits in the fall and spring terms. Prerequisite: a 3.3 or higher major average at the end of the junior year and permission of the Latin American studies advisory committee. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
LA491f, 492s Independent Study An independent study project devoted to a topic chosen by the student with the approval of an advisor. Only independent studies taken with a Colby faculty member and approved by the director of the Latin American Studies Program may count toward fulfilling major requirements. One to four credit hours. FACULTY