History of Latin America, 1825 to 1945
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 234
Course Name: History of Latin America, 1825 to 1945
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the ethnic, cultural, and political diversity of Latin America, between 1825 and 1945, and interpret its historical consequences.
C. Explain the religious, social, economic, and political ideas that emerged in Latin America during the period covered.
D. Evaluate major religious, literary, and philosophical works produced during the period.
E. Analyze the relationship between historical events and contemporary issues in the region.
F. Evaluate conflicting interpretations of the history of Latin America between 1825 and 1945.
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to the period covered.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
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VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Society, race and culture in the 19th century.
C. Post-independence politics and the rise of neocolonialism, 1825 to 1910.
D. Literature and social change, 1880 to 1910.
E. Mexico: 1910 to 1945.
F. Brazil: 1910 to 1945.
G. Argentina: 1910 to 1945.
H. Chile: 1910 to 1945.
I. Andean Region: Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, 1910 to 1945.
J. Central America: from the United Provinces of Central America to independence, 1865 to 1945.
K. Foreign investment, urbanization and class formation, 1920 to 1945.
L. Literature and Music in early 20th century Latin American politics and society.
M. U.S. – Latin American relations, 1898 to 1945.
N. Latin America and the beginning of the Cold War: Guerilla movements, dictatorships and the impact of international finance.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12 14 double spaced typed pages, in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
D. Engage in a group research project that will examine some aspects of race, ethnic, class, or gender inequality in Latin American history. The project will conclude with both a written and oral presentation.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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