GEOG/LAST 357.01

Lands and Peoples of Latin America 

Syllabus


Spring 2014                                                                                         Dr. Scott Brady

MWF: 1-1:50                                                                                      Office: 523 Butte Hall

Location: Butte 103                                                                             Phone: 898-5588

Office Hours: MWF 9:15-9:50, 12-12:30

sbrady@csuchico.edu


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]


Description:  

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

   Students can formulate, investigate and answer geographic research questions.

   Written Communication

   Active Inquiry

   Students can understand how natural resources and the physical environment influence land and life in Latin America.

   Sustainability

   Students can analyze information from different physical or social sciences from a geographic perspective.

   Active Inquiry


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.


 Course Objectives:

   To increase students understanding of the geographical context of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

   To develop students' knowledge of the region's connections to, and interdependencies with, other people and places around the world.

   To develop students' skills in synthesizing and analyzing information, including Internet-based information.

   To develop students' skills in writing and discussing their ideas.

   To help students read, listen, observe, and reason critically.


Required Materials:

Online and Reserve readings.  Readings will be found online.


Grades:

Final grades are based on % of ~375 or 425 total points, earned from the categories below. 
A=92-100%; B= 80-91%; C=68-79%; D=50-67%; and F= less than 50%. 
 

Exam 1

50 points

Exam 2

50 points

Final Exam

100 points

  Quizzes ~10 X 5

  50 points

 Question sets ~15 X 5

 75 points

 Annotated Bibliography

 50 points

  Total

 375 points

 

If you choose not to complete the research project, your grade will be based on the work shown below.

 

Exam 1

50 points

Exam 2

50 points

Final Exam

100 points

  Quizzes ~10 X 5

  50 points

 Question sets ~15 X 5

 75 points

  Total

 325 points

 


Website: I will regularly update the course website.  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.


Mexico Links

Š      http://maps.live.com/

Š      http://www.inegi.gob.mx/geo/default.asp

Š      http://mexicochannel.net/maps_en.htm

Š      http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_mexico/

Š      http://www.ontheroadin.com/

Š      http://www.ontheroadin.com/travelinnformation/Mexico Wal-Mart Locations.htm

Š      http://mexicomike.com/maps_of_mexico/mexican-highway-map.htm

Š      http://atlas.freshlogicstudios.com/

Š      http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/michoacan/michoacanindex.html

Š      http://www.bluemexico.com/Resources/Maps/mexican-states.gif


Hit Parade


Tentative Schedule:


Week 1: 1/20-1/24                                    Introduction to course, region, physical geography

 

Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Transfer-mation

                      

Orientation paper due: 1/24

 

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 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?

 

Readings:

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 1/24

Key

 

Exercises:

1. Open this link (Climographs) and complete these climographs before class on Monday. Here is a sample of a completed climograph: Sample

 

Resources:

Skit about US citizens ignorance of Mexico and Central America

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/hurricane_bound_for_texas_slowed

Climate

http://www.boqueteweather.com/images/world_climate_map.jpg

 

Earth-Sun Relations

http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/01_EarthSun_E2.html

 

Atmospheric Pressure and Circulation, including hurricanes

http://www.uwmc.uwc.edu/geography/100/circulanim/circul_anim.htm

Look at the image at this link to see the wind belts that are created by air moving from high to low pressure systems.

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/hurr/hurtrack/index.html

 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastprofile.shtml

 

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: 1/27-1/31                                    Physical Geography

 

Climagraph Key

 

Readings:

 

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 1/27

Key

 

3. Carr, Archie. 1953. The Weeping Woods". In, High Jungles and Low. Gainesville, University Press of Florida.

Question Set #3: Due: 1/29

Key

 

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. 

 

Questions to consider:
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, 1/31. 

Power point presentations

1. Subduction

2. Forest Regions.

3. An overview of Mexico’s physical geography.

4. Middle America's Physical Landscape Regions

 

Resources:

 

Subduction

 

http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/35_VolcanicAct.html

 

Earthquakes

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/

 

Precipitation

         Precipitation map

Natural Vegetation

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/vegmaps2.html

Vegetation map 

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/03/jaguars/photo-map-interactive


Week 3: 2/3-2/7                                                Mesoamerica

Readings:

5. Denevan, William. 1992. The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers., 83: 369-385.  

 

Question Set #4: Due 2/3

Key

 

 

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: 2/5

Key    

 

7. http://www.mindfully.org/Heritage/2003/Civilization-Collapse-EndJun03.htm

 

http://www.geog.ucla.edu/people/faculty.php?lid=3078&display_one=1&modify=1

 

Question Set #6: Due: 2/7

Key 

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/09/pictures/120905-maya-murals-found-kitchen-science-mayan/

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/pictures/130807-maya-frieze-discovered-holmul-guatemala-archaeology/

 

Power point presentations

4.    Subsistence

5.    Maya Collapse

6.    Mesoamerica

 

Resources:

www.charlesmann.org/Book-index.htm

http://www.npr.org/books/titles/138924149/1493-uncovering-the-new-world-columbus-created

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2009-09-19-mayan-collapse_N.htm?se=yahoorefer

http://www.ancientmexico.com/content/timeline/index.html

http://faculty.fullerton.edu/nfitch/nehaha/index.htm

http://www.ancientmexico.com/content/map/tenochtitlan.html

http://faculty.washington.edu/petersen/alfonso/13thcent.jpg


Week 4: 2/10-2/14                        Exploration, Discovery and Conquest

 

Quiz 2

 

Readings:

 

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: 2/10

Key

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r43yCiKlbCo&feature=PlayList&p=411D61D233A29297&playnext=1&index=37

 

Video: The Caribbean 1492Well watch the video in class.

1.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=WbudoRYvhJc&app=desktop&noredirect=1

2.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6fvTHVq5SU

3.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rup_ZtVxLq4

Question set

Key

 

 

Quiz 3

 

Map of physiography of Mesoamerica

You might this map useful for understanding locations of Mexico landform regions.

 

 

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

 

         11:44

 

http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/02/12/inenglish/1360672838_941682.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws1scZbkOEQ

 

 

Resources:  

http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/Religion.swf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reuWHSfIWm4

http://www.noticiasnet.mx/portal/principal/84955-casi-mitad-lenguas-indigenas-estan-extincion

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20321

 

http://www.hist.umn.edu/~rmccaa/vircatas/virtab1.htm

 

http://www.charlesmann.org/Book-index.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/books/review/1493-uncovering-the-new-world-columbus-created-by-charles-c-mann-book-review.html?pagewanted=all

 

http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/%7Eswilson/wilson_iaca99.html  

http://www.lascasas.org/timeline.htm

http://www.uctp.org/
   

 

Annotated bibliography proposal is due on Monday, March 3. 


Week 5: 2/17-2/21                                    Colonial Middle America

 

Readings:

10. Brady, S. 1999. An historical geography of the earliest colonial routes across the American isthmus. Revista Geografica, 126: 121-143.

Question Set: 

Key

 

11. Sauer, C. O. 1941. The Personality of Mexico. Geographical Review 31:353-364.

For article click here

 

Question Set:

Key 

 

12. Curtis, W. 2006.  and a Bottle of Rum. Crown Publishers: New York p. 14-36.

13. Curtis, W. 2006.  and a Bottle of Rum. Crown Publishers: New York p. 37-63.

Question Set:

Key

Power point presentations

Colonial Landscapes and Institutions

Personality of Mexico

 

http://video.pbs.org/video/1877436791/: This link leads to a recently produced documentary called Black in Latin America. You might find it interesting.

Sugar ppt

 

Annotated bibliography proposal is due on Monday, March 3. 


 

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/

 

 

Resources:

http://www.umich.edu/~ece/student_projects/slavery2/adamsmith.html

http://www.map.ox.ac.uk/explore/inherited-blood-disorders/

http://www.map.ox.ac.uk/browse-resources/multiple-vectors/dominant_malaria_vectors/world/

Map

Map

http://www.arqueomex.com/S2N2SUMARIO119.html

http://www.letraslibres.com/revista/convivio/espana-y-la-conquista-de-china?page=full

http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch2en/conc2en/spanish_and_portuguese_empires.html

http://www.zonu.com/fullsize-en/2009-11-16-11114/Political-Evolution-of-Central-America-and-the-Caribbean-from-1700.html

http://www.economist.com/node/8345592

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/10/02/index.php?section=espectaculos=a09n1esp

http://www.johntoddjr.com/86 Yanga/yanga01.htm

http://www.harpercollege.edu/mhealy/mapquiz/midamer/mmrimfr.htm
 
http://www.bugbog.com/maps/north_america/caribbean_map.html


Week 6: 2/24-2/28                                    Exam One and Caribbean

 

At the end of class on Monday, February 24 I will pass out exams. Students must turn in exams by 1:50 on Wednesday, February 26. I will not accept late exams.

 

Monday, 2/24 Exam 1 Review

 

         Study Guide

 

Wednesday 2/26 Exam One

 

         357 Exam 1 Map Fall 2012

         357 Exam 1 multiple-choice and essay questions Fall 2012

 

 

Required Readings and Exercises

 

Demographics Exercise

            Key

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

 

1. Potter R. & Lloyd-Evans S. 1997. Sun, Fun and a Rum Deal: Perspectives on Development in the Caribbean, FOCUS on Geography Vol. 44:  pp. 19-26.

Question Set:

Key

 

International Demonstration Effect 

 

 

 

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 websites 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 7: 3/3-3/7                            Greater Antilles

 

Practice on Quiz on Blackboard. I created a Blackboard site for the class. I posted a practice quiz called “Practice quiz Week 7”. To take the quiz click “Assessments.”  This will give you some practice before Exam Two, which will only be available on Blackboard. Similar to the online students you will have 70 minutes to complete the open book exam.  Exam Two will be available during Week 12.  

 

 

Exam 1 Map 1

Exam 1 Map 2

Climagraph

 

Required Viewing:


2. Were watching the Life and Debt and completing the QS in class. 

Heres a link to the film: http://www.hulu.com/watch/479811

 

Life and Debt Question Set:

Key

 

3. Abridged chapter from Jared Diamonds Collapse. http://www.theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=4776

 

Haiti-Dominican Republic Border 

Question Set:

        Key

 

 

4. Babb, F. 2011. Che, Chevys, and Hemingway's Daiquiris: Cuban Tourism in a Time of Globalisation. Bulletin of Latin American Research, Volume 30, Issue 1, p. 50–63. 

 

Question set:

Key

 

Required viewing.

5. I want you to watch the documentary Cuba after Castro on your own time. Four parts of the documentary are found below.

 

Question Set:

Key   

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA2uowJkA6I&feature=relmfu

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqHbBvIrGk&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6xFGMz2sDw&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xodHG5-n6JI&feature=relmfu

 

 

Cuba Resources:

http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2012/10/24/1329268/gobierno-casi-un-millon-de-cubanos.html

http://www.archive.org/details/linktv_fidel220071018 

http://www.archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.649197

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/world/americas/raul-castro-to-step-down-as-cubas-president-in-2018.html?_r=0

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123621603853535645.html

http://www.economist.com/node/21550420

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/world/americas/cuba-lifts-much-reviled-rule-the-exit-visa.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.coha.org/washingtons-missed-opportunities-cuba-successfully-engaging-the-world/

http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2004/03/01/000265513_20040301113757/Rendered/PDF/28008.pdf

 

 

 

 

http://www.caribbeanworld-magazine.com/

http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/SlaveTrade/collection/large/LCP-42.JPG

http://www.americasquarterly.org/hirst/article

http://www.basis.wisc.edu/rfc/documents/slides/cs_15a_slides.pdf

http://www.michaelmanley.org/

http://www.imf.org/external/index.htm

http://www.worldbank.org/

http://www.iadb.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21478255

 

 


Week 8: 3/10-3/14                                    Mexico and Mexico City

 

Regions of Mexico

 

Required Readings:   

 

6. Kaplan, R. 1997. History Moving North. Atlantic Monthly, February.

 

7. Casagrande, L. 1987. The Five Nations of Mexico. FOCUS on Geography: 2-9.

 

Question Set:

Key

        

8. Guillermoprieto, Alma. 1990. Letter from Mexico City, The New Yorker, September 17, 1990, p. 93-103.

No question set

 

9. Hamill, Pete. 1993. When the Air was Clear. Audubon, January-February, 1993, p. 40-49.

No question set

 

 

Regions ppt.  

Mexico City ppt.   

 

 

Resources:

http://acidcow.com/pics/9306-amazing-aerial-photographs-of-mexico-city-78-pics.html

Mexico Travel Advisory Map 

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iJMOBcPQyg

Mexico map

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/11/comparing-mexican-states-equivalent-countries

http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

http://www.zompist.com/latam.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19949561

 

Mexico City

http://web.archive.org/web/20050223102054/http://www.cdnn.info/industry/i040710/i040710.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060901-sewer-video.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/world/americas/for-some-in-mexico-trash-is-a-treasure-worth-defending.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.milenio.com/cdb/doc/noticias2011/714278c31aa03b5768df1cc41c535ea1

http://www.shortlist.com/cool-stuff/design/the-upside-down-skyscraper

http://www.letraslibres.com/busqueda/resultados/Lago texcoco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ewLH0TVWkU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93UzcOVdYPM

http://standquarterly.com/Pablo-Lopez-Luz

 

 


Week 9: 3/17-3/21                                    Spring Break


Week 10:  3/24-3/28                                Mexico’s Core Region

 

Required Readings:

 

10. Malmstrom, V. 1995. Geographical Origins of the Tarascans.  Geographical Review: 31-39.

No question set

 

11. Harner, J. 2002. Muebles Rusticos in Mexico and the United States. Geographical Review 92: 354-371.

 

No question set

 

http://www.segusino.com/

http://www.ideainterior.com.mx/

 

12. Bass, J. and Brady, S. 2011. The Changing Anatomy of Mexican Towns: repeat study and Stanislawskis 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.

 

Core Region ppt

Tarascans ppt

Michoacan Random

Changing Anatomy of Mexican Towns

 

 

Resources:

http://www.vozdemichoacan.com.mx/

 


Week 11: 3/31-4/4                                    Southern Highlands

 

CŹsar Chąvez Day: No Class on Monday

 

13. oaxacatequio.pdf

Question Set:

          Key

 

14. Participatory mapping in Oaxaca.

No question set

 

15. Microfinance in Mexico and Oaxaca. Read the short articles at the links below and complete the question set.

 

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2007-12-12/the-ugly-side-of-microlending

         This article is incomplete. However, enough of it is available to complete the question set.

                  http://www.envia.org/what_we_do.html

http://www.thetravelword.com/2010/11/10/creating-community-through-volunteering-in-oaxaca-mexico/

         Question set:

                    Key

                 

 

Chinantec Whistle Language

http://vimeo.com/57291304 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0-jrm5p8mM

 

Power Point Presentations

Oaxaca Overview ppt

Oaxaca Participatory Mapping ppt

Microfinance ppt


Week 12: 4/7-4/11                  Exam Two and Northern Mexico

 

Exam Review on Monday

Study Guide

 

Exam 2 F 13 pt. 1

Exam 2 F 13 pt. 2 

 

Exam Two will be available to students on Blackboard from 8am Tuesday, April 5 until 10pm Wednesday, April 6.

 

I will post an announcement with details to our Blackboard site tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

Map

 

Required Readings:

 

1. Dozier, C. 1963 Mexicos Transformed Northwest. Geographical Review 53: 548-571. Click here for article.

Question Set:

Key        

 

2. San Quintin. Chapter from True Tales from Another Mexico by Sam Quinones (2001).

Question Set:

Key    

 

 

Web Resources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ71CQiDBpY

http://www.noticiasnet.mx/portal/oaxaca/general/146256-teotitlan-del-valle-virginal-destino-ecoturistico

http://www.envia.org/fundacon-enva-on-youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8-u7_Xadb0

http://www.carlosslim.com/preg_resp_program_slimgrameen_ing.html

 


GEOG 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.

Countries: 
El Salvador       Guatemala        Belize               Honduras          Nicaragua        Costa Rica        Panama 
  


 

Cities: 
Guatemala City       Quetzaltenango             San Salvador    Belmopan        Belize City       

  San Pedro Sula         Tegucigalpa                   Managua                Bluefields         Puerto Cortez   

           Limon, Costa Rica   San Jose, Costa Rica     Panama                  Colon                Comayagua     

Granada   


Week 13: 4/14-4/18                                 Central American Rimland

 

 

http://www.harpercollege.edu/mhealy/mapquiz/midamer/mmrimfr.htm

 

Required Readings:

 

 

3. Required Online Readings:

Brief History of Banana Republics

http://www.uwec.edu/Geography/Ivogeler/w111/banana.htm

http://www.jimmccluskey.com/banana.html

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070320_chiquitas_slipping_appeal/

 

Question Set:

Key

 

Required Online Viewing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7XaF1rs1E

 

 

 

4. Required Online Reading:

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;313/5786/481?ck=nck

                  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 examples from youtube.  
 


 

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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB3vThV3_ls 



 

The second is from Livingston, Guatemala.  It shows how Garifuna kids perpetuate the dancing and rhythm informally.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaTR5qlNrZ0&feature=related


 

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. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU-t9_JSH2Y

 

The last one focuses on Garifuna women and demonstrates their role in preserving these traditions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SfsJkuYjo8&feature=related

 

A core component of cultural survival is the survival of a cultures language. This web-site seeks to utilize the Web to preserve the Garifuna language: http://www.garifunainstitute.com/

 

 

5. Nietschmann, B. 1998. Protecting Indigenous Coral Reefs and Sea Territories. In, Conservation Through Cultural Survival, Ed. Stan Stevens, Washington D.C.: Island Press.

           

Question Set

Key

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NgrRCZD1kk&feature=related

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUfiU8hqymA&feature=related

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhMKaT7Lt9c

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/world/americas/10nicaragua.html?_r=0

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13210289

 

 

 

Banana Republic Online Viewing:

https://archive.org/details/2094_Journey_To_Bananaland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFDOI24RRAE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmeEILEBltM&feature=related

 

 

Mosquitia

http://berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2000/02/02/bernard.html

http://www.conserveturtles.org/about.php?page=carr

http://www.miskito-nicaragua.de/nicarag/karten4.htm

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/08/MNIC152S2Q.DTL&type=printable 

 

 

http://www.intheamericas.com/episodes2.html

 

 

Power Point Presentations

Banana Republics ppt 

Garifuna ppt

La Mosquitia ppt 


 Week 14: 4/21-4/25                                Central American Rimland and Central American Mainland    

 

http://www.harpercollege.edu/mhealy/mapquiz/midamer/mmrimfr.htm

 

 

Required Reading:

 

6. Frenkel, Stephen. 1996.  Jungle Stories: North American Representations of Tropical Panama. Geographical Review, Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 317-333.

Question Set:

Key

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUkSxted6pQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR4eXZSZhEg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw15q1-Vv4g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9svL4qIkOW8

http://www.ssqq.com/travel/panamacanal2012x04.htm

7. Can Coffee Drinkers Save the Rain Forest?

Question Set:

Key

Fall 2015 Job Opportunity: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CSUCHICO&cws=4&rid=895

 

8. Arbona S. 1998. Commercial agriculture and agrochemicals in Almolonga, Guatemala, Geographical Review Vol. 88: pp. 47-63.

Question Set:

Key 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0tvnvlGEZE

         3:20

 

 

 

Web Resources:

  

http://www.ico.org/new_historical.asp

http://fieldguides.com/bird-tours/guatemala-tikal

 

http://www.globalexchange.org/index.html

http://www.princeton.edu/%7Eina/infographics/starbucks.html

http://www.guatemalancoffees.com/

 

http://www.fao.org/corp/statistics/en/

http://www.moneynews.com/Markets/Coffee-Rise-40Percent-Frost/2011/04/29/id/394529

 

Byron Wolfe 
 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMl5mIU6w_k

http://www.selvanegra.com/

 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303825604579517604249104072?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303825604579517604249104072.html

 

 

 

Power Point Presentations

Panama ppt

Coffee ppt

 

Almolonga ppt


Week 15: 4/28-5/2                        Central American Mainland 

 

 

9. Brady, S. 2009.  Revisiting a Honduran Landscape Described by Robert West: An Experiment in Repeat Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography pp. 7-27.

No question set:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HToG5CbMXqM

3:41
  

 

 

 

10. Tormented Isthmus, from The Economist. April 14th, 2011.

         Question set

         Key

         Map that accompanied the article

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vt.html

 

Power Point Presentations

 

Lenca

 

 

 

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, May 2.  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.

 


Week 16: 5/5-5/9

 

The final exam will be available on Blackboard, Wednesday 5/14/2014, from 2pm-3:50 pm.

 

 

Final Exam Study Guide

 

Central America map sample

 

Mexico Map

 

Monday review for final exam   

 

Wednesday review for final exam

Friday review for final exam


Week 17: 5/12-5/16                     Final Exam Week

 

The final exam will be available on Blackboard, Wednesday 5/14/2014, from 2pm-3:50 pm.

 

If you choose to print the maps, be certain that the locations have not shifted. For example, if the tip of the arrow for location #8 on the Central America Map is in the ocean, the locations have shifted. I strongly encourage that you refer to these files on-screen in addition to the print-outs.

 

Final Exam Middle America Map

Final Exam Central America Map

 

 

Final Exam Week Office Hours:

Monday: 9-11

Wednesday: 9-10