May 20, 2022
GLS 230 - Latin America Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course examines the varied history, diverse peoples and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean beginning with the geography, pre- Columbian peoples, the European intrusion, colonial societies, independence, modernization, American influence, economic, political, cultural and social developments in the recent past and the present.
- Broadly survey the physical and cultural geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
- Discuss the term “Latin America.”
- Discuss the principal physical and climatic characteristics of this region.
- Discuss the ethnic, linguistic religious diversities of this region.
- Broadly survey the pre-Columbian cultures and civilizations of Latin America and the Caribbean
- Locate geographically the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru
- Discuss the major features or characteristics of these civilizations.
- Discuss the wide variety of indigenous communities in this region prior to 1492
- Survey the formation of new colonial empires and societies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Discuss the economics of these societies
- Discuss the political systems in place in these colonial societies.
- Discuss the synthesis of colonial culture and civilization.
- Analyze the reasons for the successful independence movements.
- Discuss the growth of independent societies in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1825 to 1900
- Survey the economic growth of Latin America and the Caribbean and its entrance into the global economy
- Discuss the entrance of the United States into this region economically and politically beginning in the late 19th century.
- Examine the differing world economic crises and their impact on this region
- Discuss the very different degrees of economic development among the many countries of Latin America and the Caribbean
- Analyze the closer integration of the American and Latin American and Caribbean economies from World War II to the present
- Broadly survey the growth, distribution and migration of population in recent times in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Explain the demographic transition model
- Discuss the problems associated with rapid population growth in developing economies
- Discuss the changing patterns of population growth and distribution.
- Analyze the factors influencing population migration to urban areas, unsettled areas, and to the United States and other rich societies.
- Broadly survey the evolution of the Latin American city
- Discuss the characteristics of the colonial city
- Discuss the transformation of the early modern city to the present.
- Explain the phenomenon of the primate city in contemporary Latin America.
- Broadly survey the evolution of Mexico
- Explain its physical geography
- Explain its modern ethnic and demographic features
- Discuss its modern economic development in respect to industry, agriculture, trade and tourism
- Discuss its complex relationship with the United States
- Discuss the evolution of the political system in Mexico.
- Attempt an analysis of the Mexican national character
- Survey the evolution of Cuba
- Discuss the American involvement in Cuba from 1898 to present.
- Analyze the reasons for Cuba’s instability and rise of Castroism
- Discuss Castro’s importance to Cuba and his impact on Latin America.
- Explain the successes and failures of the Marxist regime in Cuba.
- Broadly survey Andean America of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
- Discuss the similarities and differences in the political, social and economic evolution of these Andean republics
- Analyze the reasons for the poverty and instability in these Andean republics.
- Discuss the progress these states have made in democracy and modernization.
- Broadly survey the evolution of Latin America’s giant, Brazil.
- Explain its physical geography and its climate
- Explain its modern ethnic demographic features
- Discuss its modern economic development in respect to industry, agriculture, trade, and tourism
- Discuss the future of Amazonia
- Discuss the evolution of Brazil’s political and economic system.
- Broadly survey the evolution of the Argentine Republic
- Explain its physical geography of Argentina
- Discuss the economic and political development of Argentina from the early 1800?s to 1914
- Discuss the economic and political development of Argentina from 1914 to the present paying special attention to Peronism and military dictatorship.
- Analyze the reasons for the failure of Argentina to develop into one of the rich countries of the world.
- Summarize the similarities and differences among the countries and sub regions of Latin America and the Caribbean in respect to:
- Economic modernization
- Human rights
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