This is a list of Latin American studies courses. For more information, see Latin American Studies.
LAS:1150 Brazilian Culture and Carnival3 s.h.
Dance, music, historical, and social contents of Brazilian Carnival production, critical theories of performance, religious backgrounds, and theatre making in carnival parades. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as DANC:1150.
LAS:1765 U.S. Latino Religions3 s.h.
Beliefs and practices of U.S. Latinos and Latinas, ways that their beliefs and practices are unique and where they overlap with mainstream U.S. society; beliefs, symbols, and practices among U.S. Latinos and Latinas on national and local level; field visits to local churches and religious sites; class visitors share insights. Same as RELS:1765.
LAS:1898 Introduction to Latina/o Communication and Culture3 s.h.
Introduction to fundamentals of communication by and about Latina/o in the U.S.; Latina/o as one of the fastest growing demographics; how Latina/o history, politics, and culture remain little understood despite a longstanding and growing presence in Iowa and across the nation; historical orientation; Latina/o social movement and protest (e.g., Chicana/o movements and the Young Lords Organization), institutional discourses (e.g., congressional, presidential, and legal discourses), and Latina/o in popular culture (film, TV, music, sports). Same as COMM:1898.
LAS:2052 Latin American Media3 s.h.
Development of media institutions, texts, and audiences across a number of Latin American countries; focus on broadcast media (radio and television) and situates them within larger historical context of 20th- and 21st-century Latin America; readings, discussions, and assignments with particular attention to influence of U.S. corporate and state interests on Latin American media; debates over cultural dependency, globalization, and hybridity in region. Same as COMM:2052.
LAS:2311 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3 s.h.
Folk and popular musical traditions and their social contexts in Latin America, the Caribbean; listening skills; video/film screenings. GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as MUS:2311.
LAS:2415 Latin American Politics3 s.h.
Governmental institutions, major interest groups; focus on area as a whole. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences. Same as POLI:2415.
LAS:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies3 s.h.
LAS:3104 Immigration Politics3 s.h.
United States immigration policy and political consequences of Latino population growth; contrast of political experiences of Latinos with groups and ideals of democratic political systems; analyses of past immigration policies; studies of public opinion, voter turnout, and campaign tactics. Same as POLI:3104.
LAS:3111 Health in Mexico3 s.h.
Use of anthropological perspectives to examine disease, healing systems, and ideas about health and the body in Mexico and its diaspora; relationships between structural conditions and historical and political transformations; ideas about gender and race; chronic and acute disease in Mexico; conquest and disease; racialized bodies; sexual health; biomedicine; shamanism; immigration and health; pollution and narcoviolence; readings in English. Same as ANTH:3111, GHS:3040.
LAS:3120 The Art of Ancient Mexico3 s.h.
Art and architecture of Mexico and Peru before Cortéz. Same as ARTH:3120.
LAS:3535 Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3535.
LAS:4216 Mexican American History3 s.h.
Survey of Chicana/o (Mexican American) history from 18th century to present; Mexican American society's diverse nature, explored through class, ethnic, gender, and regional divisions. Same as HIST:4216.
LAS:4501 Society and Revolution in Cuba3 s.h.
Cuban society and revolutionary movements since the late colonial period, including the years since 1959. Same as HIST:4501.
LAS:4508 Medicine and Public Health in Latin America, 1820-20003 s.h.
LAS:4515 Introduction to Modern Latin America3 s.h.
Cultural, institutional continuity from independence to present. Same as HIST:4515.
LAS:4678 Topics in Latin American Cinema3 s.h.
LAS:4700 Latin American Studies Seminar3 s.h.
LAS:4990 Independent Studyarr.