Metropolitan State University

HIST 383 : Latin America History II: 1910 to Present

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: WRIT 131 Writing I or equivalent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
 
This course surveys the last one hundred years of the history of Latin America, focusing on struggles to overcome economic dependency, underdevelopment, gross internal inequalities, a lack of democracy, and U.S. "hegemony" of domination. Students learn why Latin Americans faced these five challenges, and will be able to evaluate the many efforts of Latin Americans to grapple with them. Key historical developments, including globalization, environmental devastation, war, revolution and reform, and social movements will be surveyed. We will place contemporary issues facing Latin America in their historical context. Broad continental trends will be discussed and then tested by examining particular case studies.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/23/2008 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Understands the nature of internal inequalities based on race, gender, and class in modern Latin American history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  2. Understands the nature of undemocratic political regimes in modern Latin American history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  3. Understands the phenomenon of underdevelopment in modern Latin American history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  4. Understands the role of U.S. hegemony in modern Latin American history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  5. Understands the role of mono-crop dependent economies in modern Latin American history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
G. Special Information
None