Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
Class title: WOMEN AND POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA
In this course we will learn about women’s many political projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will learn about feminist, economic, social, and political revolutions organized by women within the region as well as the diaspora. We will look at contemporary and late-twentieth century cases.
Student learning goals
1)Students should be capable writers
2)Students should be able to articulate difficult ideas verbally
3)Students should understand the place of gender in Latin American politics, economy, and history.
4)Students should have a general sense of the political and economic conditions for women in Latin America
5)Students should understand how women organize collectively to challenge and remake policies which affect everything from their families to their economic livelihood
6)Students should be energized to continue their inquiries beyond the classroom and into the "real world."
General method of instruction
The course will be a mix of lecture and class discussion. We will use a variety of different types of text including: Films, fiction, social science, history, testimonies, and memoir.
Tentative list of books: 1) Alvarez, Julia. 1994. "In the Time of the Butterflies." NY, NY: Plume Books. 2) Belli, Gioconda. 2002. "The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War." NY, NY: Aldred A. Knopf. 3) Craske, Nikki. 1999. "Women & Politics in Latin America." New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 4) Maloof, Judy, ed. 1999. "Voices of Resistance: Testimonies of Cuban and Chilean Women." Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky. 5) Sepúlveda, Emma, ed. "We, Chile: Personal Testimonies of the Chilean Arpilleristas." 6) Shayne, Julie. 2004. "The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba." New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
None required however you may contact me in advance for a syllabus
Class assignments and grading
This is a writing intensive course; there will be no in-class exams
Grades will be based on sound analysis, mastery of content, clear writing, informed class participation, and attention to detail.