Topics in Latin American History (HIST*6520) | College of Arts

Topics in Latin American History (HIST*6520)

Code and section: HIST*6520*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Karen Racine


Method of Delivery:

Following the University of Guelph’s guidelines, the class will be conducted in a remote format via zoom with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Reading guide and some articles will be posted. Related films may be available to view independently for fun and broader understanding; class will meet (synchronous on Zoom) once per week for a fun and challenging discussion.

Course Synopsis:

This is a reading and discussion seminar.  Students will read articles to gain insight into the theoretical framework for discussions of social revolutions and then the rest of the semester will be devoted to examinations of various revolutions in the Latin American context.  Topics include: Haitian Revolution, the Hidalgo independence revolt in Mexico, Central American independence, the Caste War of the Yucatan and the cult of the Talking Cross, Cuban War of Independence + abolition of slavery, Mexican Revolution of 1920s, Guatemalan revolution, Cuban Revolution, Nicaraguan revolution, Black Power in the Caribbean (Rastafarianism and Garveyism) and the Zapatistas in the 21st century.  No previous knowledge of Latin American history is necessary;  subject makes very useful comparative case studies for any students working on a 19th and 20th century topic.

  1. To gain a broader awareness of people and issues in Latin American history
  2. To gain a comparative perspective on global events and movements of the 19th, 20th c.
  3. To gain a deeper understanding of the theory, nature and process of revolution.
  4. To practise oral and written communication skills

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  • 6 article reviews (x 10% each) - 60% or Research essay - 60%
  • Participation - 20%                    
  • Final Exam - 20%

Required Book:

No required text; will use books and articles available from the library.

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