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Karla Kelling Sclater
HSTAA 185
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Latin American History: From Columbus to Castro

Survey of political, economic, and social history of Latin America from the Iberian conquest to the present. Lectures, discussions, and films focus on developing understanding of Latin America's current problems through study of their historical roots. Designed for the beginning student and the nonspecialist.

Class description

This course introduces students to the broad themes of Latin American History. We will examine indigenous societies, European colonization, independence movements, nation-building, and issues of developement and modernity. The course aims to provide students with topics that have interested historians of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as put into practice the craft of being a historian. We will read a variety of sources to interpret the similarities and differences between regions, and the ways in which race, class, and gender shaped experiences in relation to issues such as labor practices and the formation of national identities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, reading, films, and discussions all play an important role in the course.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be graded on participation, essays, and an in-class midterm and final.


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 Karla Kelling Sclater
Date: 10/26/2006