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LAS Courses

LAS Courses

Latin American Studies Courses
Updated September 2017

LAS 200 H1 - Introduction to Latin American Studies I: Foundational Themes (formerly LAS200Y1)
LAS 201 H1 - Introduction to Latin American Studies II: Current Issues (formerly LAS200Y1) 
LAS 300 H1 - Topics in the Social Sciences - For Spring 2018: Human Rights and Public Security in Latin America
LAS 301 H1 - Topics in the Humanities - NEW for Fall 2017: Latin American Thought
LAS 302 H1 - Topics in Latin American Studies - NEW for Spring 2018: Critical Perspectives in Development and Volunteerism in Latin American Contexts
JLN 327 H1 - Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean - (formerly LAS302H1)
JQR 360 H1 - The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics
LAS 400 H1 - Topics in Latin American Studies - Not offered 2017 - 18
LAS 401 H1 - Latinos in Canada: Toronto - Not offered 2017 - 2018
LAS 410 H1 - Independent Studies
JLN 427 H1 - Advanced Topics: The Hispanic Caribbean - (formerly NEW427H1) - For Spring 2018: Revolution and Culture in Cuba

 

LAS 200 H1 - Introduction to Latin American Studies I: Foundational Themes
(formerly LAS 200 Y1 or Latin America: History, Civilization and Culture - up to the 19th Century)

An introductory course that studies the development of societies in the Latin American region, from its pre-Columbian past to the 19th Century building of modern nations. Cultural, geographical, historical, literary, political and social topics will be examined combining traditional historical narratives and supporting documents with art, cinema, music and other texts from popular culture and mass media. This course is open to students in at least their second year of undergraduate study. It provides both a broad foundation, and an invitation to delve deeper in further courses and in different disciplinary concentrations.

Exclusion: IAS200Y1 / LAS200Y1


LAS 201 H1 - Introduction to Latin American Studies II: Current Issues
(formerly LAS 200 Y1 or Latin American History, Civilization, and Culture: 20th Century - Present)

An introductory course studying the development of Latin American societies from the 20th century to the present. Cultural, historical, political, and social topics are examined combining historical documents with art, music and other texts from popular culture.

Exclusion: IAS200Y1 / LAS200Y1
Recommended Preparation: LAS200H1


LAS 300 H1 - Topics in the Social Sciences

The goal of this course is to critically analyze the current economic, social, and political reality of Latin America, based on an insightful knowledge of its past and present. Topics of the course may vary, depending on the needs of the program and the interests of students and instructors. In previous years, the course has explored topics such as Latina/o Identity in Canada, and Social Movements in Latin America. For Winter 2018, the course will focus on Human Rights and Public Security in Latin America.

Prerequisite: IAS200Y1 / LAS200Y1 / LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 / POL305Y1


LAS 301 H1 - Topics in the Humanities

The goal of this course is to critically analyze the Latin American social imaginary as expressed in art, literature and/or film, based on close readings of texts. Topics of the course may vary, depending on the needs of the program and the interests of students and instructors. In previous years, the course has explored topics such as Latin America and the Caribbean Through Film, and the Postcolonial Imaginary in Latin America. In Fall 2017, the course will focus on Latin American Thought.

Prerequisite: IAS200Y1 / LAS200Y1 / LAS201H1


JLN 327 H1 - Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean
(previous to Spring 2014, this course was known as
LAS 302 H1 - Topics in Latin American Studies: The Hispanic Caribbean)

Explores the Hispanic areas of the Caribbean including the Caribbean areas of continental Spanish-speaking America. Topics may include: regional politics, state and economy; revolutions and authoritarian regimes; popular culture, the arts and media; religion and society; gender and sexuality; state structures; diasporas and migration.

Prerequisite: HIS230H1 / HIS231H1 / NEW120Y1 / NEW220H1 / NEW221H1 / NEW224Y1 / NEW225H1 / NEW226H1 / LAS200H1 / LAS201H1


JQR 360 H1 - The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics

Examines the Canadian population census through the experience of diasporic groups in Canada. Approaches the census as a statistical tool, an historical source and an ideological project of citizenship and nationalism. Uses census data to explore mathematical and statistical concepts and to integrate numerical ways of thinking with qualitative analysis. (Jointly sponsored by African Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Caribbean Studies, Equity Studies and Latin American Studies).

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 / HIS294Y1 / LAS200Y1/ LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 / NEW120Y1 / NEW150Y1 / NEW222Y1 / NEW224Y1 / NEW240Y1

LAS 400 H1 - Topics in Latin American Studies

An upper level seminar offering students in-depth investigations into individual country cases. epending on  Offered in alternate years, the topic of the course changes depending on the needs of the program and the interests of students. In previous years, this course has focused on The Passionate Latino; The New Latin American Left: States, Social Movements, and Resistance in the Twenty-First Century; and Political Ecology, Extractivism, and Development in the Americas.

Prerequisite: LAS200Y1 / (LAS200H1 and LAS201H1) & LAS300H1 / 301H1


LAS 401 H1 - Latinos in Canada: Toronto

A historical survey of migration from Latin American countries to Canada, this course examines mediation strategies of Latinos as they adjust to a new home: negotiation of national identities, political participation, entrepreneurship, cultural representations, and charitable work. Students complete a community engagement volunteer placement with organizations working with/in Latin American communities.

Prerequisite: LAS200H1, LAS201H1, one LAS 300-level course
Recommended Preparation: JQR360H1


LAS 410 H1 - Independent Study

This course is designed both to complement LAS regular offerings and to provide an opportunity for students in upper years of any program to enrich their studies, as they pursue course content not otherwise available in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The normal expectation of a project course is that the student, aided and advised by the supervisor, will read relevant literature, and plan, execute, analyze and report on an original and independent investigation of an appropriate topic.

Written applications (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a faculty member who is prepared to supervise) should be made through the Program Office for approval by: September 1 for the Fall session, and December 1 for the Winter Session. Students will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of an application. For more information and application forms, please contact the LAS Coordinator at the Program Office.

Prerequisite: LAS200Y / (LAS200H1 and LAS201H1) & LAS300H / LAS301H


JLN 427 H1 - Advanced Topics: The Hispanic Caribbean (formerly NEW427H1)

Explores, in depth, a country in the Hispanic Caribbean or a theme relating to the Hispanic Caribbean. Topics vary each year and may include: Cuban society; Hispanic Caribbean revolutions; Hispanic Caribbean music, art and popular cultures; Hispanic Caribbean diasporas. For Spring 2018, the course will focus on Revolution and Culture in Cuba.

Prerequisite: JLN327H1 / NEW120Y1 / NEW222Y1 / NEW224Y1 / HIS294Y1 / LAS200H1 / LAS201H1
Exclusion: NEW427H1