Lands and Peoples of Latin America
Fall 2013 Dr. Scott Brady
MWF: 10-10:50 Office: 523 Butte Hall
Location: Butte 103 Phone: 898-5588
Office Hours: MWF 12-1:40 email@example.com
Geography Computer Lab: Butte 501
Writing Center http://online.csuchico.edu/public/Writing_Center/
Men are so inclined to content themselves with what is commonest; the spirit and the senses so easily grow dead to the impressions of the beautiful and perfect, that every one should study, by all methods, to nourish in his mind the faculty of feeling these things. ...For this reason, one ought every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. Bk. v, ch. 1 (Carlyle, tr.) [source: Stevenson]
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is the same as LAST 357.
How the course fits the Global Development Pathway: This course presents fundamental geographic concepts in the context of Latin America. Initial emphasis is placed on the region’s physical environments and its diverse peoples. Students then explore the relationships that have emerged between Latin America’s peoples and environments. The course concludes by considering different paths to socio-economic development that have been pursued in the region. The course supports the pathway’s emphasis on development. The course has been proposed for the Global Cultures designation.
Course Student Learning Objectives Associated GE Student Learning Objectives
How Course will Meet GE SLOs: This course will meet three GE SLOs, as noted in the table above. Written communication and Active Inquiry will be met by the research assignment. The course will study sustainability as a concept and challenge for Latin American peoples as they interact with its diverse physical environments. Students will further practice active inquiry in weekly question sets that focus critically on the assigned readings. Student learning of sustainability and practice of active inquiry will be assessed by means of quizzes and exams that will include short essay questions.
How Course will Assess GE SLOs: Assessment of GE SLOs is based on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, the gold standard in the assessment of value-added learning. Instructors of GEOG 357 utilize pre- and post-tests to effectively measure learning. The test consists of open-ended questions related to sustainability. The same test will be administered twice during the semester: once during the first week and once during the final week of classes. Comparison of pre- and post-tests scores will indicate the level of student learning.
1. Online and Reserve readings. Readings will be found online or at CSU-Chico's Library Electronic reserves page:
grades are based on % of ~375 or 425 total points, earned from the categories
A=92-100%; B= 80-91%; C=68-79%; D=50-67%; and F= less than 50%.
Quizzes ~10 X 5
Question sets ~9 X 5
If you choose not to complete the research project, your grade will be based on the work shown below.
Quizzes ~10 X 5
Question sets ~9 X 5
Web-site: I will regularly update the course web-site. Students must visit the site to be aware of changes and additions. Students are responsible for information included in the Web Resources portion of the site. This material will covered in examinations.
Attendance: It has been my experience as a student and instructor that there is a strong correlation between attendance and performance. Students who rarely miss a class and actively participate in classroom discussions tend to perform well on tests, quizzes, and in class discussions; students who lack the discipline required for regular attendance tend to perform poorly. Hence, daily attendance is strongly encouraged. However, attendance will not affect your final grade.
Make-up Exams: No make-up exams will be given. If a student misses exam 1 or 2 with an appropriate excuse, then the make-up will be the comprehensive final exam, which will then be counted as 150 points. Only one exam can be made up in this fashion. If a student misses a second exam that exam will be recorded as a 0.
Quizzes: Approximately 10 quizzes will be given throughout the semester. They will always occur on Fridays and will be announced on the preceding Monday. There will be no make-up quizzes. Quizzes will cover material from lecture material.
Optional Research Project: Students have the option of completing a research project in this course. The research project is an annotated bibliography of at least 1500 words. It has two parts: a proposal and the final project. The instructions for the proposal are at this link. The instructions for the final project are at this link. Here's a past example of an annotated bibliography: link.
Question Sets: To ensure that students keep up with the assigned readings, students must complete question sets that guide them through assigned readings. Students must submit handwritten answers to these questions. Question sets and due dates are posted on the course website. I will not accept question sets after the due date.
Readings and Participation: A fundamental element of a liberal education is the development of the ability to read critically. Hence, your success in this course largely depends on the amount of time and effort you devote to the assigned readings. To encourage your progress in this matter, I will grade students on the notes that they take on the assigned readings. I will also assign particular students to lead discussions on the required readings. Students will be graded on their performance. In addition, test questions will not only be drawn from lecture materials. Rather, a certain number of test questions will pertain to information found in the assigned readings.
Magazines and Newspapers
Week 1: 8/26-8/30
Introduction ppt to course, region and regional geography
Orientation paper due: 8/28
Students will turn in a typed, double-spaced,
250-word essay in which they answer the following questions:
1) Why did you enroll in this course?
2) Why did you choose to complete this theme/pathway?
3) What experience in Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean do you have?
4) What do you hope to learn in this course?
5) Which regions of Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean most interest you?
6) Which issues related to Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean most interest you?
7) Who are you?
1. Bates, Marston. 1952. �Tropical Climates�. In, Where winter never comes a study of man and nature in the Tropics. New York, Scribner.
Question Set #1: Due 8/28
2. Bates, Marston. 1952. �The Rain Forest�. In, Where winter never comes; a study of man and nature in the Tropics. New York, Scribner.
Question Set #2: Due 8/30
Skit about US citizens� ignorance of Mexico and Central America
Atmospheric Pressure and Circulation, including hurricanes
Look at the image at this link to see the wind belts that are created by air moving from high to low pressure systems.
Print 4-5 copies of the map found at this link, Map. You should go to "Print Preview" and make the orientation "Landscape" and enlarge it as much as possible. You can do this by reducing the margins of the page in "Page Setup" and increasing image size to 125%. These maps will be useful for note-taking for the next couple of weeks.
Week 2: 9/2-9/6
Monday = Labor Day. No class.
3. Carr, Archie. 1953. �The Weeping Woods". In, High Jungles and Low. Gainesville, University Press of Florida.
Question Set #3: Due: 9/4
4. Wallace, David Rains. 1997. �Central American landscapes�. In, Central America: a natural and cultural history, edited by Anthony G. Coates. New Haven: Yale University Press.
For this chapter I will not post questions. Instead, I want you to write down the main characteristics of each of the landscapes/regions, and to know the geographic location and extent of each. You should complete this by Friday, 9/6.
Power point presentations
Week 3: 9/9-9/13
5. Denevan, William. 1992. The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492. Annals of the Association of American Geographers., 83: 369-385. Here's a site with some information about William Denevan:
Question Set #4: Due 9/11
6. West, R C. 1998. Mesoamerican Subsistence Techniques. Pp. 77-102 in Latin American Geography: Historical-Geographical Essays, 1941-1998, Miles E. Richardson (editor). Geoscience and Man, Baton Rouge.
Question Set #5: Due: 9/13
Power point presentations
Week 4: 9/16-9/20
Here's a site with some information about Jared Diamond the author of this article:
Question Set #6: Due: Monday, 9/16
8. Foote, T. 1991. Where Columbus Was Coming From. Smithsonian, December 1991: 28-41.
This article is available at this link: 355foote.pdf
Question Set #7: Due: Wednesday 9/18
Video: The Caribbean 1492. We�ll watch the video in class.
Power point presentation
Annotated bibliography proposal is due on Friday, September 27.
Week 5: 9/23-9/27
9. Mee, Charles L. Jr. 1992. That Fateful Moment When Two Civilizations came Face to Face. Smithsonian 23: 56-69.
This article is available at this link: 354mee.pdf
No question set
If you speak Spanish and are interested in the conquest of Mexico, this link leads you to a well-made documentary on the topic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAohODkK3l0&feature=relmfu
Exam 1 Review
Friday Exam 1
Annotated bibliography proposal is due on Monday, September 30.
Week 6: 9/30-10/4
Colonial Middle America
2. Sauer, C. O. 1941. The Personality of Mexico. Geographical Review 31:353-364.
Power point presentations
Annotated bibliography proposal is due on Friday,.
Here are some useful websites for your annotated bibliographies:
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws
Council on Hemispheric Affairs: http://www.coha.org/
Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC: http://lanic.utexas.edu/
Week 7: 10/7-10/11
Required Readings and Viewing
Abridged chapter from Jared Diamond�s �Collapse�. http://www.theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=4776
http://video.pbs.org/video/1877436791/: This link leads to a recently produced documentary called Black in Latin America.
We�re watching the �Life and Debt� and completing the QS in class.
Here�s a link to the film: http://www.hulu.com/watch/479811
Annotated Bibliography Suggestions.
Please review the assignment instructions for appropriate sources. Wikipedia is not an appropriate source for this assignment. One common mistake that students make is confusing newspapers and other popular media with journal articles or appropriate web-sites. Here is an important rule of thumb. A source is appropriate for this assignment only if includes a bibliography, list of references or works cited section. Newspaper and magazine articles and many web-sites do not meet this standard.
Also, students may not turn in a paper that they have written for another class. You certainly may choose a research topic that is related to a topic that you are investigating in another course. However, I will not accept papers that have also been turned in for another class.
Week 8: 10/14-10/18
Required viewing. I want you to watch the documentary �Cuba after Castro� on your own time. Four parts of the documentary are found below.
Regions of Mexico
Week 9: 10/21-10/25 Mexico City and Core
Guillermoprieto, Alma. 1990. Letter from Mexico City, The New Yorker, September 17, 1990, p. 93-103. No question set
Hamill, Pete. 1993. When the Air was Clear. Audubon, January-February, 1993, p. 40-49. No question set
Malmstrom, V. 1995. Geographical Origins of the Tarascans. Geographical Review: 31-39. No question set
Week 10: 10/28-11/1: Core and Southern Highlands
1. Harner, J. 2002. Muebles Rusticos in Mexico and the United States. Geographical Review 92: 354-371. No question set
2. Bass, J. and Brady, S. 2011. The Changing Anatomy of Mexican Towns: repeat study and Stanislawski�s Michoacan. The Pennsylvania Geographer 49(1): 18-42. No question set
"The peasant from Central Mexico faces less risk and uncertainty from U.S. migration than from any other possible income-generating activity. He risks more with the status quo - relying on an unreliable resource base, a rigid local social structure, undependable government programs, and uncertain job opportunities in other Mexican cities - than in seeking work in the United States." Ambivalent Journey, Jones, 1995.
Chinantec Whistle Language
Week 11: 11/4-11/8
No question set
2. Microfinance in Mexico and Oaxaca. Read the short articles at the links below and complete the question set.
This article is incomplete. However, enough of it is available to complete the question set.
Exam Review on Wednesday
It's on! Exam 2, Friday,
Week 12: (11/11-11/15) Northern Mexico
Monday=Veterans’ Day. No class.
4. Dozier, C. 1963 Mexico�s Transformed Northwest. Geographical Review 53: 548-571. Click here for article.
Week 13: 11/18-11/22
Central American Rimland
1. Required Online Readings:
2. Required Online Readings: No Question Set
The traditional music and dance of the Garifuna have become popular. The general term for numerous Garifuna dances and songs is "punta". The songs are call and response. Many of the dances are courtship dances. Here are 4 youtube examples.
The first is from Hopkins, Belize where I did research in 1989. It shows how the community has incorporated dance instruction into the education system.
The second is from Livingston, Guatemala. It shows how Garifuna kids perpetuate the dancing and rhythm informally.
The third is from Los Angeles, California, one of the largest centers of Garifuna immigrants in the US. It demonstrates how the Garifuna continue to practice the traditional art form in very different trappings. Instead of on sandy ground in the Central American Rimland in the shade of Atlantic Tall or Malayan Dwarf coconut trees, this jam takes place in a well furnished living room complete with the big screen TV.
The last one focuses on Garifuna
women and demonstrates their role in preserving these traditions.
A core component of cultural survival is the survival of a culture�s language. This web-site seeks to utilize the Web to preserve the Garifuna language: http://www.garifunainstitute.com/
Power Point Presentations
Week 14: 11/25-11/29
Week 15: 12/2-12/6
Caraballo presents “ From the Mountains of Puerto
Rico to the Hallowed Halls of Chico State, A Journey of Success on Dec. 4
Luis will answer the question, “What do you get when you take the country boy off the island?” A capturing journey that has encompassed countless miles spanning over several years from the mountains of Puerto Rico to hallowed halls of Chico State. This is a tale of a journey sprinkled with colorful experiences, challenges, and the opportunities encountered in life, community, and work. Luis will share how he has balanced this amalgamation of multifaceted and multi-dimensional experiences to lead within and among various categories of “communities” and how those experiences have resulted in his highly successful career.
Join the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center for our Passing on the Legacy Higher Education Series as we hear more about this topic from Luis Caraballo on December 4 @ 12PM-1PM in BMU 210. For more information please contact us at (530) 898-4101 or visit our website atwww.csuchico.edu/cclc <http://www.csuchico.edu/cclc> .
357 Central America Place Name List.
Learn the locations listed below. You should use this blank map and atlas, Google Earth, Google Maps or some other site to find the places.
El Salvador Guatemala Belize Honduras Nicaragua
Guatemala City Quetzaltenango San Salvador Belmopan
Belize City San Pedro Sula Tegucigalpa Managua Bluefields
Panama Colon Comayagua Granada
Central American Rimland and Upland Interior
Power Point Presentations
Example of annotated bibliography
This link http://www.aallnet.org/products/2004-47.pdf no longer works. It used to lead to an example of an annotated bibliography that a student copied during a previous semester. The primary lesson is do not copy or plagiarize.
This week you should make final edits and complete your annotated bibliographies. They are due on Friday,. Be certain to review the assignment instructions above and the description about plagiarism. If you have any questions, contact me. You must turn your paper into turnitin.com before turning it in to me. The instructions for Turnitin.com are at this link. This is a required part of your annotated bibliography assignment. You should submit your paper to turnitin 3 or 4 days before so that you will have time to correct any errors.
The due date for your annotated bibliography is Monday, December 9th
Week 16: 12/9-12/13
No question set:
Question set Due
Power Point Presentations
Week 17: 12/16-12/20
Final Exam Week
Hey Folks. I have completed your final exam. The first part, AKA “old stuff”, consists of 25 questions for which you will write your answers on two maps of Middle America. You ought to study the map portions of the first two exams. Good luck.
Final Exam Week
Final Exam Week Office Hours:
Final Exam:, Butte 103