Latin American Studies (LAST)

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LAST 110  Introduction to Latin American Studies  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
An interdisciplinary survey of the historical, political, cultural, environmental, and economic trends that have shaped contemporary Latin American society. Topics include the effects of colonialism, political conflict and social movements, U.S. intervention, race/class/gender relations, food, art, and music. 3 hours lecture.  (015750)  
General Education: Social Sciences (D)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
LAST 120  Latin American Film and Culture  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course examines films made by Latin American and non-Latin American filmmakers as a means of introducing students to the history of cultures of Latin America from the pre-conquest to the present. 3 hours lecture.  (021121)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
LAST 189  Intcul Exp Learn  6 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
6 hours discussion.  (005374)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
LAST 198  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision.  (005375)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
LAST 226  Latin American Philosophy  3 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Latin American Philosophy introduces students to the rich tradition of Latin American philosophical thought, broadly constructed as a field of philosophical reflection, analysis, debate and scholarship known as El Pensamiento Latinoamericano. In order to expose students to the fecund and variegated history of Latin American thought, we will read writings from Latin American academic philosophers, as well as literary theorists, essayists, religious figures, pedagogues, novelists, political leaders and semioticians. 3 hours lecture.  (021781)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Cross listing(s): PHIL 226  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
LAST 305  Music of Latin America  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This is a survey of the diverse musical cultures of Latin America. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Brazil, including both folk and popular idioms. 3 hours lecture.  (021709)  
Cross listing(s): MUSC 305  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 357  Lands and Peoples of Latin America  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Latin America. 3 hours lecture.  (021143)  
General Education: Upper-Division Social Sciences (UDD); Global Studies Pathway; Race, Ethnicity, and Sovereignty Pathway  
Cross listing(s): GEOG 357  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
LAST 382  Modern Mexico  3 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history since 1810 while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. 3 hours lecture.  (004558)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); California Studies Pathway; Race, Ethnicity, and Sovereignty Pathway  
Cross listing(s): HIST 382  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures  
LAST 382W  Modern Mexico (W)  3 Units  GC, GE, W  
Prerequisite: GE Oral Communication (A1); GE Written Communication (A2); GE Critical Thinking (A3); GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirements, or consent of the instructor.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course introduces students to the panorama of Mexican history since 1810 while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. 3 hours lecture.  (021968)  
General Education: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); California Studies Pathway; Race, Ethnicity, and Sovereignty Pathway  
Cross listing(s): HIST 382W  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Global Cultures; Writing Course  
LAST 389  Internship  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision.  (021149)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 398  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision.  (005382)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 399  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision.  (005383)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 489  Intercult Experiential Lrng  1-6 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course will provide students with a genuine cross-cultural experience which will enable them to understand Latin American life from the point of view of the Latin American family with which they will live and the Latin American people with whom they will work. Students will live with a Latin American family and work in a Latin American organization for a six-week period. Students will keep a log of their experiences and prepare a written evaluation of their families and jobs. 6 hours discussion.  (005385)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 495W  Seminar in Selected Topics (W)  3 Units  W, GW  
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, LAST 110.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
An in-depth, interdisciplinary seminar that examines selected topics in Latin American culture and society, past and present, through critical reading of, and commentary on, recent scholarship devoted to the region. Readings may include Spanish language sources. Topics vary by semester. Required for majors and minors. 3 hours seminar.  (005384)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Writing Course; Graduation Writing Assessment  
LAST 498  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture.  (005386)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
LAST 499  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision.  (005387)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division