Republican Latin America (HIST*2920) | College of Arts

Republican Latin America (HIST*2920)

Code and section: HIST*2920*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Juan Carlos Mezo-Gonzalez



HIST*2920 – Republican Latin America 
Instructor:  Juan Carlos Mezo-González 


Calendar Description:

This course will study selected themes in the history of Latin American republics from the independence period to the modern era.

Method of Delivery:

Face to Face

Lectures and discussions will take place in the classroom on Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:50pm. 

Course Synopsis:  

HIST*2920 surveys the history of Latin America from the late colonial period to the present day. The course begins in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with a focus on the colonial legacies and wars of independence in Spanish America, followed by the construction of nation-states in post- and neo-colonial contexts. Then, the course will focus on the rise of liberal and export-oriented regimes, the revolutionary nationalism of the twentieth century, the Cold War, and social movements of the 1960s-1980s period—including student, women’s liberation, and LGBT rights movements. The course will conclude with an examination of the post-1989 period of Neoliberalism, new social movements, and twenty-first century political and social issues. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach. Students will learn about the history of Latin America through primary and secondary sources, and through the region’s cultural production. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between race, gender, class, and nationalism in modern Latin American history.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Engagement 20%
Reading Responses 10%
Primary Document Analysis 15%
Essay 25%
Final Paper 30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

James A. Wood and Anna Rose Alexander, eds. Problems in Modern Latin American History, 5th edition. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019.

Other primary and secondary sources, available through Courselink.

**Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**