Feb 09, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 4795 - Latin American Society

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course examines contemporary relations in Latin America between indigenous and non-indigenous populations with a special focus on Guatemala. The culture of the indigenous peoples of Latin America will be examined, particularly the Maya Indians of Guatemala. The course will also examine the governmental and political relationships that exist between indigenous villages and the central government in Guatemala, with special emphasis upon the effects that the Guatemalan Civil War has had upon these relationships. Students must receive the instructors’ permission to register for this course. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the cultures and contemporary challenges of indigenous people in Latin America with an emphasis upon the residents of the Highlands of Guatemala.  Of special concern will be the relationship that indigenous people in the rural highlands of Guatemala have with the Ladino-dominated government and society of Guatemala. 
  • Understand the basic concepts and terms of cultural anthropology. 
  • Gain an understanding of the methods and theories that surround the production of ethnographic data concerning a specific culture. 
  • Demonstrate the basic ideas of ethnology and will be able to compare and contrast different cultures.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • None

Dr. Patrick Jung

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