Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 043
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Provides a survey of Latin America from 1492 to the present. Emphasis on nationalism, international relations, economy, culture and society.
READINGS: You are expected to read all of the texts assigned to this course and the homework assigned readings. Questions regarding the readings will appear on the exams. The texts available at the bookstore are:
Thomas Skidmore & Peter Smith. Modern Latin America. Oxford,
Mark Burkholder & Lyman Johnson. Colonial Latin America. Oxford, 2004.
Carlos Fuentes. The Death of Artemio Cruz. Farrar, revised ed. 1991.
OTHER MATERIAL: Documentaries and overhead projections presented are part of class lectures, requiring taking notes on these occasions. Homework will be assigned from the Latin American Studies web page.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of three exams with an essay component and a research paper. The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations. There will be no "Extra Credit." The final grade is:
First exam 20% Second Exam
30% Third Exam 30% Research Paper 20%
A = 100-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-80; C+ = 79-77; C = 76-70; D+ = 69-67; D = 66-60; F = 59-0
RESEARCH PAPER: Choose your own topic related to this course. Four to five pages in text length, typed, double-spaced, with standard margins, without illustrations. Include at least three citations from the Latin American Studies web site, three books and three academic journals. A late paper will lose ten points. Turn in a paper copy and one on disk or by e-mail.
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
ATTENDANCE: The roll will be taken at every class. Absences totaling 8 classes (20% of the course) will result in an F for the course.
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS
March 10-14 Introduction and study guides Skidmore, 1-41; Burkholder, 1-43. The voyages of Columbus Hoping DNA Will Discover Columbus Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro Cortes and the Conquest of Mexico Film: Christopher Columbus The Fate of Pizarro's Head March 17-21 Colonial administration Skidmore, 42-67; Burkholder, 44-82. The Age of Piracy Society in Colonial Spanish America The Slave Trade Anne Bonny, the Notorious Female Pirate Film: The African Slave Trade Maroons: Dark Warriors of the Spanish Main March 24-28 Church and State Skidmore, 47-106; Burkholder, 83-110. Wars of Independence Economy in Colonial Spanish America Conservatives vs. Liberals Military Aspects of Independence First Exam. Independence: Politics ? Government Research paper prospectus and bibliography due. March 31- Caudillos in Venezuela and Colombia Skidmore,107-136; Burkholder, 111-143. April 4 The tyranny of Rosas in Argentina Caudillo Politics: A Structural Analysis Paraguay under dictatorship (1811-70) Rosas as viewed by American Diplomats Film: Ecuador ? Galapagos Islands Paraguayan Isolation under Dr. Francia April 7-11 War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) Skidmore, 137-176; Burkholder, 144-181. War of the Pacific (1879-1883) The War of the Triple Alliance The Spanish-American War (1898) The War in the Pacific in Lima and Callao Film: The Splendid Little War A Splendid Little War April 14-19 Economic trends Skidmore, 177-216; Burkholder, 182-211. Culture and religion Latin America's Poor Survive It All Literature The Spirit of Santeria Second Exam. Jorge Luis Borges April 28- Dollar Diplomacy Skidmore, 217-258; Burkholder, 212-234. May 2 Good Neighbor Policy FDR Good Neighbor Speech The Chaco War: Paraguay vs. Bolivia The Chaco Dispute Film: Saludos Amigos May 5-9 Populism in Venezuela and Peru Skidmore,259-315; Burkholder, 235-279. Populism in Colombia and Ecuador Populism and Nationalism in Venezuela Populism in Argentina and Bolivia Parameters of the Bolivian Revolution Film: Evita Peronism May 12-16 Jorge Gaitan and the Bogotazo Skidmore, 316-354; Burkholder, 280-337. Argentina and the Falklands War La Violencia in Colombia (1946-1957) Pinochet regime in Chile How Argentina Went From Myth to Mistake Film: Druglord Manhunt Chilean Military Faces Reckoning Research Paper Due
May 19-23 Colombian Civil War Skidmore, 355-422; Burkholder, 338-391. Fujimori rule in Peru "Fujipopulism" in Peru, 1990-1995 The Chavez Revolution in Venezuela In the Time of Hugo Chavez Third ExamThe preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.