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Contemporary Latin American Society

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This course introduces the cultural perspectives of Latin America. Students will explore cultural geography, ethnicity, class and culture, gender, and challenges facing Latin America.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    • Identify attributes of contemporary Latin American Catholicism.
    • Describe African and indigenous religions’ influence on Latin American Catholicism.
    • Explain the spread of Protestantism in Latin America.


    • Describe the relationship between gender constructs and state affairs in different periods of Latin American history.
    • Analyze the social implications of machismo and marianismo in contemporary Latin American society.
    • Predict how changing attitudes about gender and sexuality will affect Latin American society.


    • Compare current Latin American political movements and their roots.
    • Explain the effects of military coups and juntas on Latin American politics.
    • Assess the effects of globalization on Latin America.


    • Explain the challenge of defining Latino identity using traditional concepts of race and ethnicity.
    • Explain the importance of history to the definition of Latino identity.
    • Debate the use of terms to identify Latinos.


    • Describe how colonial institutions created lasting class inequalities in Latin America.
    • Analyze the relationships among economics, gender, ethnicity, and social class in developing political systems in Latin America.
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