Latin American Studies (LAS)

Introductory Common Curriculum Courses

LAS T121 First-Year Seminar 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum: First-Year Seminar

The gateway course to the Common Curriculum is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). This issues-based, interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to college-level thinking and learning as well as Jesuit values at the core of a Loyola education. This FYS has a specific topic within the scope of Latin American Studies. A full list of currently offered FYS courses can be found on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system.

Major & Advanced Common Curriculum Courses 

LAS N200: WAL: Latin American Literature

Advanced Common Curriculum: Writing About Literature
RAC: Diversity

This course offers readings, discussions and textual analysis of selected works, including narrative, drama and poetry by a variety of Latin American authors.  As a writing intensive course, students will learn how to read, think and write critically about literature while exploring the historical and cultural realities of the Latin American world(s).

LAS N238: WAL: Central American Revolutions-A Literary Look 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Writing About Literature
RAC: Diversity

This course offers readings, discussion and textual analysis of selected works, including novels, short stories, drama, poetry and film by Central American authors during periods of revolution.  In this writing intensive course, students learn how to read, think and write critically about literature while exploring the historical and cultural realities of Central America revolutions.  The study of literature adds nuance to the sociological and historical “facts” of these events rather than seeing these revolutionary movements as monolithic. Students learn how to write about these nuances in meaningful ways.

LAS N302 Borderlands Literature 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Writing About Literature
RAC: Diversity

This course handles novels, short stories, drama, poetry, essays and films by authors situated either geographically or culturally in a borderlans between the US and Latin American countries.  In this writing-intensive course, students learn to read, think and write critically about literature while explorign the historical and cultural realities of Chican@/Latin@ peoples in the borderlands of the US from the 19th to the present day.

LAS N332: WAL: Indigenous Literatures of the Americas in Translation 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Writing About Literature
RAC: Diversity

This course examines the literary and cinematic works of indigenous authors across the Americas. In this writing intensive course, students learn how to read, think and write critically about literature while exploring the historical and cultural realities of indigenous peoples in the Americas. The study of this literature adds nuance to the anthropological, sociological and historical “facts” to these different groups and their literatures. A focus on translation theory as the point of departure allows students a critical approach to these texts. 

 

LAS O200: Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Culture
RAC: Diversity        

This introduction to Latin American Studies focuses on the rich cultural heritage that has come to form part of the Latin American identity.  Using literature, film, music and visual arts, both produced by and about Latin America, student study the issues that have faced the region and its people throughout its recent history and had an impact on its identity.  This is an intersiciplinary course that allows students to understand Latino communities through different academic lenses.

LAS O202 Latin Diaspora: Music Industry and Dance 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course examines how Salsa, as a musical form and a commercial concept that represents an urban lifestyle, has evolved in response to the assimilation of the Puerto Rican minority in the United States.  Salsa music is useful in examining the links between society and culture, and allows  students to understand the ways in which the recording industry interprets collective sensibilities and histories in order to conceive and trade aesthetic commodities. 

LAS O263 Creating Spanish America 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

This course examines creative forms incuding myth, architecture, ceramics, weaving, film, fiction, literature and ethics in Spanish America from the pre-Colombian past to the beginning of the 19th century.  The juxtaposition of these artifacts and issues bring to the fore the diverse and predominant trends of each period and their interaction with historical and social forces. This course is cross-listed with SPAN O263.

LAS O310 Latin American Cinema 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

Latin American Cinema examines through film some aspects of Latin American colonization and the effect of political, patriarchal, and gender politics of domination.

LAS X220 Education and Social Change in Latin America 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Social Science
RAC: Diversity

This course introduces students to the notion of curriculum as the educational product of contending forces within the society out of which it emerges. It relies heavily on the work of Paulo Freire and his sharp critique of the banking approach to education where knowledge is simply deposited and withdrawn. It explores the forces by which learners are induced or seduced to comply with the dominant ideologies and social practices related to authority, behavior, morality and/or spirituality. It imagines possibilities where all citizens participate freely and fully in the creation and recreation of meaning and values that make democracy healthy.

LAS X225 Ecuador and Andean Societies   3 crs. 

Advanced Common Curriculum: Social Science
RAC: Diversity 

This course focuses on Ecuador in a comparative perspective with the Andean countries (Peru, Bolivia and Colombia).  Students develop a good understanding of historical processes that have had an impact on contemporary issues, such as gender issues, indigenous and mestizo identity, urbanization and informal sector, migration, popular uprising, and political regimes in particular different types of populisms.

 

Major Courses in Other Disciplines

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program, and a number of courses from other departments and programs are eligible for inclusion. A list of these courses can be found on the Latin American Studies program website, as well as on the degree program course listing (DPCL) and minor tracking sheet.