Instructor: Dr. Gabrielle Etcheverry

What is Latin America? How did the region’s modern nations emerge from former European colonies? In this course we examine the emergence and development of modern Latin America from the early nineteenth century until the turn of the twenty-first century. Throughout the semester we will focus on the social and cultural aspects of Latin American modernity. Course topics include the challenges of creating new nations out of diverse populations, the emergence of diverging and competing political ideologies, the development of new economic and social structures, and the impact of the region’s international relations.

Classes will consist of group discussions and lectures on course topics, while readings will introduce students to different historical frameworks and perspectives. Major course assignments include a mid-term test, a research essay, and two discussion papers.