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Loren K. Redwood
B CUSP 115
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Individuals and Society

Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective, continues to build creative and critical skills, and focuses on the relationship between the individual and society. Offered: W.

Class description

Course Title: "The High Cost of Cheap Fruit: Capitalism, Colonialism, Imperialism & the Banana Trade."

This course will examine capitalist, colonial, and imperialist practices of the Global North upon the Global South. We will approach this topic through an in-depth examination of the banana trade and the movement of the United Fruit Company from North America into Central, and South America. We will examine multiple examples though an in depth analysis of the commodity chain of the banana trade in the Americas. The course will engage an application of interdisciplinary approaches including an examination of history, political economy, labor exploitation, and environmental studies. Materials of examination will include primary sources produced by UFC; as well as multiple texts and films that will provide for a close analysis.

Student learning goals

Gain knowledge and understanding of the ways in which Capitalism and corporations in the U.S. have functioned in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, to create conditions of oppression as well as economic and political conflicts, tensions and disruption.

Demonstrate an understanding of the specific historical context of a commodity chain (the banana trade) and the influences this process brings to bear on the workings of political economies in the Americas.

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical process of colonization throughout the Americas through an examination of state and corporate sponsored practices of the United Fruit Company and the banana trade.

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical process of imperialism throughout the Americas through an examination of state and corporate sponsored practices of the United Fruit Company and the banana trade.

General method of instruction

Lecture, large and small group discussion, group work, written assignments and group presentations.

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading

Reading Reflections, On-line discussion, one major group research project and group presentation

Regular participation in class discussion and activities, completion of all written assignments, regular participation in small group work, successful completion of group research project and group presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loren K. Redwood
Date: 01/07/2014