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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Latin American and Iberian Studies

http://lais.bard.edu

Faculty

Nicole Caso (coordinator), Susan Aberth, Mario J. A. Bick, Diana De G. Brown, Christian Crouch, Omar G. Encarnación, Patricia Lopez-Gay, Melanie Nicholson, Miles Rodriguez

Overview

The Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) concentration incorporates such diverse disciplines as literature, political studies, anthropology, history, economics, art history, and dance. It provides an academic setting for the study of two regions inextricably bound by historical, cultural, linguistic, economic, and political ties. LAIS students emerge with the linguistic and analytical preparation necessary to understand the literatures and cultures of Latin American and Iberian countries; the history of Latin America in the pre-Columbian, colonial, and national periods; the formation of social and economic structures throughout the Hispanic world; the history and ethnography of Mesoamerica and the Andes; contemporary Latin American and Iberian politics; and the Hispanic experience in the United States.

Requirements

Students may moderate into LAIS, but they must also moderate into a primary divisional program. Prior to or concurrent with Moderation, students are required to take at least two designated LAIS core courses. After Moderation, students are expected to take two additional elective courses and one 300-level seminar; these courses may be listed primarily in another discipline and cross-listed with LAIS. At least one and preferably two of the five required LAIS courses should be taken outside the student’s primary division. Students also complete the Senior Project, which must have a geographical, linguistic, or conceptual link with Latin America, Spain, or Portugal.

Courses

Core LAIS courses include Spanish 301, Introduction to Spanish Literature, or Spanish 302, Introduction to Latin American Literature; Political Studies 222, Latin American Politics and Society; Art History 160, Survey of Latin American Art; and LAIS 102, “Latin” American History: From Ancient Native Civilizations to National Independence.

Addition­ally, recent electives include: Religious Imagery in Latin American Art; Crossroads of Civilization: The Art and Architec­ture of Medieval Spain; El Greco to Goya: Spanish Art and Architecture; Spanish Literary Translation; Cervantes’ Don Quijote; The Hispanic Presence in the United States; Testimonies of Latin America: Perspectives from the Margins; Between the Acts: Spain’s Teatro Breve; Latin American Surrealism; Populism and Popular Culture in Latin America; United States–Latin America Relations; and Gender and Sexuality in Brazil..

“Latin” American History: From Ancient Native Civilizations to National Independence
LAIS 102
cross-listed: historical studies
An introduction to the history, politics, and societies of “Latin” America, from the major native pre-Colombian civilizations to the continental independence movements that carved out the countries of today. Due to the periods covered, there is an emphasis on Meso-America (Mexico and Central America), the Andean region, and Brazil, with a snapshot of the Caribbean at the time of discovery.

Modern Latin America since Independence
LAIS 120
cross-listed: gis, historical studies
The course traces the process of independence of the Latin American nations from the Spanish and Portuguese empires in the early 19th century, and the long-term, contested, and often ­violent processes of nation formation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Issues discussed include the meaning and uses of the idea of Latin America; slavery and empire in 19th-century Brazil; and the roles of race, religion, women, and indigenous peoples in Latin American societies.

Latin American Revolutions
LAIS 314
cross-listed: historical studies
The course traces the process of independence of the Latin American nations from the Spanish and Portuguese empires in the early 19th century, and the long-term, contested, and often ­violent processes of nation formation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Issues discussed include the meaning and uses of the idea of Latin America; slavery and empire in 19th-century Brazil; and the roles of race, religion, women, and indigenous peoples in Latin American societies.