17.55J / 21A.430J / 21F.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies

Fall 2006

Post-electoral protests in Mexico City, July 2006.

Post-electoral protests in Mexico City, July 2006. (Image courtesy of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and lecture notes.

Course Description

Interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Latin America, drawing on films, literature, popular press accounts, and scholarly research. Topics include economic development, ethnic and racial identity, religion, revolution, democracy, transitional justice, and the rule of law. Examples draw on a range of countries in the region, especially Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. Includes a heavy oral participation component, with regular breakout groups, formal class presentations on pressing social issues (such as criminal justice and land tenure), and a structured class debate.

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 17.55J/21A.430J/21F.084J (Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2006), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, downloaded on [Insert Date].

Special Features

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
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