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General Bulletin 2004-2006

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MPF 207, 208 Latin American Civilization (3, 3) (LAS 208 is also MPT.)

Broad surveys with emphasis on cultural, political, geographical, and social developments viewed in historical perspective toward understanding contemporary problems. Given in cooperation with Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Spanish and Portuguese, and Sociology, Gerontology, and Anthropology. IIIB, H. CAS-C.

MPF 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

Study of literature by Cuban American, Puerto Rican, Central American, and Chicano/a writers, with an emphasis on political, social, economic, and economic conflicts in the Americas. Specific study of writing in relation to ethnic identity formation and transnational communities. Cross-listed with ENG 254. IIB, IIIA. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF 260 Latin America in the United States (3)

Interdisciplinary examination of historical, social, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the experience of peoples of Latin, Hispanic, Latino/a background in the United States. IIIA, H.

MPC 415 Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture (4)

Emphasizes formative individuals: overview of the experience of Spanish domination; selections by Jose Marti; 20th century pre-revolutionary period, Fidel Castro's 1953 defense speech, “History Will Absolve Me”; the early revolutionary period; the role of writings of Che Guevara and Field; some early American reactions. Then takes a topics approach: the role of the U.S., the Soviet Union, relations with the rest of Latin America and the Third World, economics, political structures, the legal system and civil liberties, race relations, the status of women, education, health care, housing, religion, cultural developments. Prerequisite: priority given to students taking LAS Thematic Sequences and LAS minors. Cross-listed with FST 415.

MPC 478 Media and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean (3)

Critical examination of the media's treatment of political events in Latin America and the Caribbean. Particular attention given to role of mainstream media in the U.S. for shaping perceptions of the region and individual countries within it. Cross-listed with POL 478.

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