Courses of Interest

ANT 330 - Ethnology of Indigenous Latin America

Fall 2015
Michael Wroblewski
Contact: - Office: 230 Lake Michigan Hall
Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 - 11:50am

The course is listed online as ANT 330, Section 01: Ethnology of Selected World Areas. The CRN is 22949

Course Description: The area of land stretching from northern Mexico to the southern tip of South America is home to an astonishingly diverse population of native communities, whose cultural and linguistic practices have long captured the attention of anthropologists. In this course we will examine case studies in the anthropology of indigenous North, Central and South America, including examples from ethnographic writing, documentary film, and indigenous media. We will explore the idea of what it means to be an “indigenous” Latin American from the perspective of contemporary indigenous people. We will also be looking at how indigenous Latin Americans have been historically defined, described and classified by nation-states and social scientists. Finally, we will examine how indigenous Latin Americans continue to redefine what it means to be “Indian” in their ongoing struggles for cultural autonomy, self-determination, and self-representation.

HST 330 - Colonial (Early) Latin America

Fall 2015 Flyer

Professor: David Stark
Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00-­11:50 am

SWS credit and can be cross-­listed with Latin American Studies

Course Description: This course will focus on specific themes related to Latin American civilization and culture from pre-conquest times to the nineteenth century.  Topics will include: Amerindian civilizations; encounters between Amerindians, Europeans, and Africans; making of a colonial society; collapse of colonial rule; wars of independence. Credits: 3

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HST 375 - History of Mexico

Winter 2016 Flyer

Professor: David Stark
Course meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 -­ 11:50 am

Course Description: This course surveys the history of México form the earliest human inhabitation to the present.  It will introduce students to major political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped the modern nation of México.  Offered winter semester of even numbered years.  Credits: 3

Other History Courses

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