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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.430J (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Political Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Chappell Lawson 
  • Course Introduction:

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

    Fall 2006

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

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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