Latin American Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The programs in Latin American Studies is designed to provide a balanced curriculum in the history, culture, and society of Latin America for students wishing a broader perspective than is usually available through a department major or graduate degree program.

Latin American Studies is administered by the International & Area Studies Academic Program (IAS).

Undergraduate Program

Latin American Studies: BA

Graduate Program

Latin American Studies: MA

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Courses

Latin American Studies

LATAMST 10 Introduction to Latin American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is intended as a lower division, interdisciplinary core course for students planning to pursue the Latin American Studies major, as well as other interested students. The aim is to provide an introduction to the field that integrates the offerings from the various disciplines. Particular attention will be given to the analysis of the relationship between cultural expression and the politics, economy, and history of the region.

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LATAMST 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment is limited to 15 freshmen.

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LATAMST 150 Advanced Studies in Latin American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Advanced research in current issues or regions of Latin American Studies. The course will focus on specific areas or topics with appropriate comparative material included. Topics change each semester.

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LATAMST 160 The Politics of Development in Chile 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
This course examines the politics of development in Chile. We will consider the different social and economic policies implemented during the years of the Popular Unity Coalition, the Pinochet dictatorship, in the transition back to a democratic political system, and the Concertacion governments that followed. We end the course by studying challenges to the neoliberal model
, including the recent massive student mobilizations demanding reforms to the educational system, as well as challenges by labor and indigenous groups. We will conclude by considering how globalization shapes the politics of development today.
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LATAMST 192 Senior Thesis 3 or 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2013
This course is designed to provide a vehicle for undergraduate students who do not participate in the departmental honors program but are interested in writing a major paper on a Latin American studies topic. The paper should be approximately 30-50 pages in length; the topic must be agreed upon in advance by both the students and faculty sponsor. Requires weekly consultations with faculty sponsor.

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LATAMST H195 Senior Honors Thesis Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The honors student is required to research and write a thesis based on the prospectus developed in International and Area Studies 102. The thesis work is reviewed by the honors instructor. A second reader is to be selected based on the thesis topic. Weekly reports required.

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LATAMST 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Topics vary from semester to semester.

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LATAMST 200 Latin American Studies Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Mandatory for Latin American Studies graduate students. Seminars by faculty and advanced graduate students on their current research on Latin America.

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LATAMST 230 Cross-Listed Topics 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
This course is designed to accommodate cross-listed courses offered through other departments, the content of which is applicable to the graduate program in Latin American Studies. Content varies from course to course.

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LATAMST 250 Selected Topics in Latin American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Seminar will take a multidisciplinary approach to specific geographical areas with appropriate comparative material included. Topics change each semester.

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LATAMST 292 Directed Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Directed study and research for graduate students in Latin American Studies. Primarily for graduate students engaged in an interdisciplinary exploration of Latin America-related topics in subject matter not covered in available course offerings. The course will involve directed readings and writing of a report.

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LATAMST 298 Directed Graduate Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Topics vary from semester to semester.

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LATAMST 299 Individual Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016
Individual study for graduate students in Latin American Studies. Intended to provide directed reading and supervision for thesis development or special study in Latin American area.

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Miguel A. Altieri, Professor. Agriculture, environmental science, pest management.
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Margaret Chowning, Professor. Mexico, history, gender, women, Latin America.
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Alain De Janvry, Professor. Economics, labor management and policy.
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Lecturers

Stephanie Ballenger, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Clara I. Nicholls, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Tiffany L. Page, Lecturer. .

Contact Information

International and Area Studies Academic Program

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-4466

Fax: 510-642-9850

iastp@berkeley.edu

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IAS Director & Acting Chair, Latin American Studies

Max Auffhammer

101 Stephens Hall

auffhammer@berkeley.edu

Lead Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Ethan Savage

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4156

ethansavage@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Vacant

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4158

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