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Loren K. Redwood
BISAMS 363
Bothell Campus

Conflict and Connection in the Americas

Examines the Americas as a geographical and historical region. Applies a variety of approaches to specific topics and events, with particular attention to the interplay of politics and culture. Stresses interaction of local, regional, and global dynamics such as colonialism, migration, and slavery. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.

Class description

This course will examine politics, and economy in the Americas through an in depth critical analysis of material and human resources. We will examine several sites of conflict and connection though an in depth analysis of the history of the banana trade in the Americas. The course will engage an application of interdisciplinary approaches including history, politicla economy, colonization and capitalism.

Student learning goals

1.Gain knowledge and understanding of the ways in whichCapitalism and corporations in the U.S. have functioned in Central America, South America, and the Carribean, to create conditions of oppression as well as economic and political conflicts,tensons and disruption.

2. 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.

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

General method of instruction

Lecture, large and small group work, writing exercises, and research activities.

Recommended preparation

While all students are welcome, familiarity with issues of social justice, theories of inequality, human rights, and diversity is recommended for this course.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be evaluated based on participation, written work, large and small group work, presentations, and a final research paper.

Students will be evaluated based on participation, written work, large and small group work, presentations, and a final research paper.


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: 09/16/2012