Fall Courses

Fall 2018 Course Offerings


The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to offer a wide variety of courses for Fall 2018, ranging in topics from human rights along the US-Mexico border to race in Latin America. For more information on any of the listed courses, please visit https://uaccess.schedule.arizona.edu.

Scroll down to view our exciting, undergraduate course offerings for the fall semester!


LAS 150B1 - Modern Latin America: Race, Rights, and Revolutions - MoWe 11:00-11:50am, Friday discussion 9/24/18-12/05/18 10 weeks

An interdisciplinary introduction to the people, places and cultures of Latin America, and to the political, economic and social institutions and conditions of the region. The course examines how and why environmental quality, economic development, living conditions, democracy, migration, trade, religion and US policy vary across different countries and social sectors.





LAS 195A - The US-Mexico Border: From Separation to Integration in a Globalizing World - Fully online, 8/20/17-12/05/17

This colloquium serves as an introduction to the complexities of the local border reality and prepares students to better appreciate the challenges and opportunities facing the region from a variety of perspectives. Though not exclusive, areas of concern include history, trade, education, environment, tourism, culture, migration and security. Guest speakers representing the different border region constituencies will complement the class lectures and discussions.


LAS 347 - Politics of Latin America - Fully online, 8/20/17-12/05/17

Survey of the political forces and social groups important in shaping contemporary Latin America; examination of Indians, slaves, peasants, landlords, labor, the middle sectors, and the millitary; discussion of theories of instability.


LAS 354 - Drugs and Violence in Mexico - TuTh, 9:30-10:45am, 8/20/18-12/05/18

The course will focus on the specific characteristics of the current conflict by learning about President Felipe Calderón's approach to combating organized crime, the involvement of the ATF and DEA in Mexico, and the important Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs). We will also discuss the Peace Movement in Mexico and the work that is being done to change the course of the conflict. We will discuss the social issues embedded in this conflict and arrive at complex understandings of the role of drugs and violence in contemporary society.









LAS 364 - Development in 20th Century Latin America - T-TH 2:00-3:15, 8/20/18-12/05/18


This course offers a general introduction to contemporary Latin America from the perspective of political economy. It will focus on structural factors to help explain the main political, social and economic trends in the region. The overall goal of the course is to provide the basic, historical tools for understanding the current challenges the region confronts.


LAS 365 - Human Rights, Immigration Enforcement and the US-Mexico Borderlands Today - T-TH 12:30-1:45pm, 8/20/18-12/05/18

The American immigration and border enforcement systems have undergone radical changes in the last several

decades and have become flashpoints of controversy across the political spectrum. Using a human rights frame, this class will take a critical look at the development of these policies and the ways in which they have impacted immigrants and their families. Using the latest scholarship and recent in-depth journalism, we will explore the component policies of these complicated systems, their dramatic consequences for undocumented and documented people alike, and possible avenues for change within a human rights framework.


LAS 395 - Special Topics: Feminism in Latin America - MoWeFri, 12:00-12:20, 8/20/18-12/05/18


In this course, we explore diverse currents of feminism in Latin America, from the 1970s until today. Taking an intersectional and comparative approach, the class focuses on women's rights and struggles for economic, political, and racial justice in the region. Topics include the role of women in social revolutions; the rise of indigenous, black, and lesbian feminisms; the intersection of women's rights with cultural/indigenous rights under neoliberalism; religious conversion as a form of gendered contestation; and struggles against femicide and sexual violence. This course provides a solid grounding in feminist theory, decolonial methodologies, and interrelated themes of gender, human rights, resistance, and social change in Latin America. Course materials combine scholarly approaches with testimonies and other forms of cultural expression.



LAS 460/560- Women in Latin America through Novelas and Film - Hybrid- Th 3:30-6 PM & Online


What can we learn about Brazilian history, identity, and gendered power relations by watching films? How do Brazilian women filmmakers express unique points of view on culture, feminism, and politics? What are their experiences in an industry dominated by men? In this class, you will learn about Brazilian cinema and feminism by examining the lives and films of five Brazilian women filmmakers. Students in this class will attend the LATC film series featuring Brazilian films. Students will develop digital technology and research skills to increase public knowledge about Brazilian women legacy filmmakers. Students will also gain film production skills and create a short film of their own.