Office: Bisdorf 252
Office Hours for Spring 2013: MW 10:00AM-11:00AM and TR 10:00AM-11:00AM, TR 2:00PM-2:30PM or by appointment
Office Telephone: (703) 933-3978 Secretary (703) 933-3974
Web Page: www.nvcc.edu/home/jbaer
Assigned Books Required: (all are paperbacks)
2. Revolutionizing Motherhood The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard. Author looks at the dramatic success of ordinary women in opposing a brutal military regime in
3 . Child of the Dark, Carolina de Jesus. This is a dairy of a
Special Needs and Accommodations: Please speak to the instructor at the beginning of the semester about any special problems or needs. If you are asking for special accommodations based on a disability you should provide a disability data sheet, which you can get from a counselor for special needs.
Book Reviews (2) 10% each
Movie Review 10%
Class Presentation on Women: 10% (Women in Latin America)
Discussion Board Postings: "Introductions." , 19th century Mexican women (Santa Anna and His Wives), Rigoberta Menchu 5% each
Final Exam 20%
Assignments and Class Activities:
Week of Jan 28, and Jan 30: Introduction: Latin America in the 19th century. How did the different states emerge? What problems occurred in creating new nations? Examples of Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico and Central America. For next Tuesday’s class read Text Ch 1 and Ch 2, and post comments on Discussion Board regarding three Latin American countries. You will find the instructions in the Discussion Board link of Blackboard. It is titled "Introductions."
Week of Feb 4 and Feb. 6: Discussion Board Posting Due Feb 4 (5% of grade). South America after Independence. How did Argentina become a nation? Why was Rosas important? How does Brazil’s experience as a successful monarchy compare with other Latin American states? Read the article about 19th century Mexican women in the “Assignment” section of Blackboard, then post 100-200 words in response and comment on at least two other students’ responses. (click here for 19th century study guide) Assignment for next class read Ch. 3, and post response on Discussion Board by Monday on Santa Anna and his Wives.
Week of Feb. 11 and
Feb 13: Discussion
Board Posting Due Feb. 11 (5 of grade)Topic:
was Santa Anna?
Week of Feb. 18 and
Topic: Cuba and Castro. Castro How has
Week of Feb 25 and Feb 27: Discussion Board Post due on February 25 (5% of grade) Topic: Central America. How do the nations of Central America cope with poverty? Why has there been so much violence in the region? Sandinistas Discussion on Rigoberta Menchu. Assignment for next week: (Continue reading Revolutionizing Motherhood) Read Ch. in text.
March 4: Mid-term exam on Textbook, Ch 1,2,3,4 and 5 (19th century, Mexico, Cuba and Central America)
Mar. 6: Assignment instead of class: Watch movie, “The Official Story” and write 500 words answering the following questions: (1) To what extent is Alicia an innocent victim, like her daughter Gaby, and to what extent is she complicit and guilty of supporting the kidnapping of children by not asking questions of her husband? (2) Why is Alicia so shocked when she learns of her friend’s arrest and torture many years ago? (3) What is your opinion of Roberto as a government minister, as a husband and as a father? Assignment due on March 18 at 11:00 am
Week of Mar. 11 and 13, NO CLASSES: SPRING BREAK
Week of Mar. 18 and
on Movie due March 18 (10% of grade) Topic: Argentina in the late 19th
and 20th century. Why did so many immigrants go to
Mar. 25 and 27: Writing assignment due on Revolutionizing Motherhood March 20nd. (10% of grade). Topic: Argentina in the 20th century: The “Dirty War,” the Malvinas War and return to democracy. What happened to melt down Argentina in the fall of 2001? Assignment for next week: Read text Ch. 10
Week of April 1 and
April 3: Topic: Chile; Reform,
Revolution and Repression. How did
Week of April 8 and
Book review Child of the Dark due April 5 (10% of grade) Topic:
Then: Brazil, from Monarchy to Republic. How did the Old
function? What was the role of coffee? Who was Getulio Vargas? Why did
Week of April 15 and April 17: Topic: Venezuela and Colombia. What has been the role of violence in Colombia. How does Chavez compare to Castro? Assignment for next week: Read Ch 6 in text.
Week of April 22 and April 24: Peru and Bolivia. How do these countries compare? What special problems do indigenous women face? Revolution in Bolivia What has contributed to instability in these two countries?
Week of April 29 and May 1 Student presentations on Latin American women (10% of grade) Turn in 500-word summary in class by May 1. No late assignments accepted after May 1!
Monday, May 6: Final Exam (20% of grade) (Exam covers Ch 6-11 in the textbook)
The WWW-VL History Index
WestWeb: Spanish Borderlands and Southwestern History
Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC
Select Internet Resources on Latin America
Reaction to Globalization in Argentina
History of the Favela