21F.084J / 21A.224J / 17.55 Introduction to Latin American Studies

Fall 2005

Photograph of pan flute.
Pan flute. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

Course Highlights

This course features sample exams and required paper topics in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates at MIT. No background on the region is required. Overall workload (reading, writing, class participation, and examinations) is similar to that of other HASS-D courses. Many of the themes raised here are covered in greater detail in other courses: 21F.020J (New World Literature), 21F.716 (Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature), 21F.730 (Twentieth and Twentyfirst-Century Spanish American Literaturere), 21F.735 (Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film), 21A.220 (The Conquest of America), 21H.802 (Modern Latin America), 3.982 (The Ancient Andean World), 3.983 (Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization), 17.507 (Democratization and Democratic Collapse), and 17.554 (Political Economy of Latin America).

Instructions for Citation

Professors at other institutions are welcome to use these materials, in whole or in part, for teaching purposes.

Use of the materials should be cited as follows: Chappell Lawson, MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html) course materials for 21F.084J/21A.224J/17.55J (Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2005), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, downloaded on [Insert Date].

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

Donate Now


Prof. Chappell Lawson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session



Archived Courses

Previous version