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CLAS Featured Spring Courses

Courses sponsored by CLAS

LATINAM 248: Racial and Gender Inequalities in Latin America

Eliane Cavalleiro

This course explores the intersection between racial and gender inequalities in Latin America focusing on the historical pattern of racism, sexism and discrimination, and on the political and social changes that have enabled Afro-descendants and women to achieve social rights in some countries of the region such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay. The first part of this course introduces the struggle of political movements taking into consideration the historical process of race and gender discrimination. It will address not only the history of blacks and women's movements in the 20th century, but also racism and sexism as cultural and institutional elements that configure inequality in those countries. Socio-economic indicators, race and gender-based violence, and political participation will be analyzed. The second part of this course examines the most recent discourses about women and afro-descendant rights, and their political framework. It evaluates how they have changed public opinion, laws and the social, institutional and political environment of Latin America. Finally, this course discusses the ability of Afro-descendants and women movements to navigate in the current political climate and advance their rights. Course will be taught in Portuguese. (3-5 units)

RELIGST 143V: Christianity, Pentecostalism, and Social Challenges in Latin America

V. Gauthier 

"Jesus is the solution": Most Pentecostal believers consider that for God nothing is impossible, and expect their faith to be not only a path towards God and Heaven but also a safe-way out of humiliation, hopelessness, poverty, illness, crime, drugs, homosexuality, and so on. This course aims to explore the key to the paradoxical success of a religion that in general imposes rigorous norms on its followers¿ life-styles (e.g. no alcohol, sexual discipline, generous donations, etc.), but nonetheless boasts a strong growth of willing converts and presents testimonies of drastic personal change. Various different interpretations of this topic will be examined, with a particular focus on religious market theory, compensation theory and Honneth's philosophical theory of recognition. As an exemplary case, this course will evaluate conversion in jail. That is, how has Pentecostalism come to be considered by many as a way -perhaps the only one- out of a world of drug-addiction, violence and crime?nIn the first part of the course, students will become familiar with some of the features of the Latin American religious field and with the main theories on religious conversions in Latin America. In the second part, a new approach to the phenomenon based on Honneth's theory of recognition will be analyzed. This approach will help students develop a better understanding of situations otherwise unexplained such as the success (with obvious nuances) of the Pentecostal groups among excluded populations. (4 units) 

ARTHIST 162: Visual Arts Cuba (1959 - 2015) (ARTHIST 362)

A. Fernandez 

The evolution of culture in post-1959 Cuba, with a strong focus on visual arts in all media and film will be introduced in this course. Historical examples will be discussed through lectures, readings and the presentation of audiovisual material. Students will developed their research, critical thinking, and writing through assignments, discussions, and the completion of a final paper. This is a discussion-heavy course, so come prepared to read, write and talk. (3-5 units) 

POLISCI 348S: Latin American Politics (POLISCI 248S)

B. Magaloni-Kerpel 

Fundamental transformations in Latin America in the last two decades: why most governments are now democratic or semidemocratic; and economic transformation as countries abandoned import substitution industrialization policies led by state intervention for neoliberal economic polices. The nature of this dual transformation. (3-5 units) 

HISTORY 378: The Historical Ecology of Mexico and Latin America

M. Wolfe 

What role did the natural environment play in the emergence of Latin America as a distinct geographical and socio-cultural world region? How do we analyze the historical relationship between the regions rich and seemingly abundant natural resources and its status as "underdeveloped"? What historical consequences did this relationship have and what alternative, more sustainable developmental paths can we envision for the future in light of the past that we will study? In this course, students will become familiar with the historiography on Latin America (with emphasis on Mexico) that has explored these questions through a variety of approaches, methodologies and points of view. (4-5 units) 

Special Language Courses

Nahuatl: SPECLANG 101A, 101B, 101C: First-Year Nahuatl, Sequence three quarters (A,W,S)

Nahuatl: SPECLANG 102A, 102B, 102C: Second-Year Nahuatl, Sequence three quarters (A,W,S)

Distance-learning courses taught in conjunction with UCLA.

Quechua: SPECLANG 174A, 174B, 174C: First-Year Quechua, Sequence three quarters (A,W,S)

Quechua: SPECLANG 175A, 175B, 175C: Seconde-Year Quechua, Sequence three quarters (A,W, S)

Professor Marisol Necochea

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