Latin American and Caribbean Studies Courses

  • LACS 263: Plantation to Postcolonial, A Comparative Study of Plantation America
    • Course Description: “Plantation America”, stretching from the American South, through the Caribbean to northern Brazil, comprises a geographical area that, as its name suggests, was dominated by the economic system of plantation monoculture. This course will attempt two inter-related tasks: it will firstly survey the unity and variety of the plantation as a form of socio-economic organization; secondly it will explicate the unity and variety of the political and cultural forms that have evolved alongside the plantation. The course will be interdisciplinary in nature, using texts from history, literature and anthropology.
    • Frequently Taught By: Robert Goddard


  • LACS 265: Visitor Meets Native, Tourism and its Encounters with Caribbean Economy, Politics and Culture
    • Course Description: This course will bring together existing research to examine tourism as at one time an economic enterprise and also as a deeply significant cultural experience that has played an under-recognized part in shaping the cultural mores and lifestyles of both the island destinations and the home countries.
    • Frequently Taught By: Robert Goddard


  • LACS 270: Latin American Issues
    • Course Description: Topics Vary
    • Topics Include: Guano to Cocaine: Global Latin America, From Borges to Bolano: Politics, History and the Novel in Contemporary Latin America
    • Frequently Taught By: Jonathan Coulis, Ricardo Gutierrez Mouat


  • LACS 362: History of the Caribbean
    • Course Description: Development of the major islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, from colonial times to the present. Emphasizes evolution of plantation societies, slavery and race relations, international rivalries, economic dependence, political independence, and social revolutions.
    • Frequently Taught By: Thomas Rogers


  • LACS 363: Sugar and Rum
    • Course Description: Sugar and rum were for centuries the quintessential Caribbean products, commodities which created fortunes for planters and merchants, while changing the lifestyles of the European working classes. This class will examine not only the development of sugar and rum production and its effect on the Caribbean?? As socio-economic organization in the form of the plantation, but also how these commodities have come to define social status in the metropolis through changing patterns of consumption. Students will use materials from a variety of genres and disciplines, from social history to advertising, and from anthropology to popular music and film.
    • Frequently Taught By: Robert Goddard


  • LACS 385W: Special Topics
    • Course Description: Topics Vary
    • Topics Include: Latin America and Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Literature, Latin American Landscapes, African Slavery and Spanish America, Law & Justice: Atlantic World, Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literature in English, Latin American Politics
    • Frequently Taught By: Valerie Loichot, Thomas Rogers, Nicholas Jones, Stephanie Pridgeon, Jose Quiroga, Jeffrey Staton

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