Every semester there are some one hundred courses offered with Latin American content at UNM.
LAS qualifying courses are drawn from more than 20 different departments and schools across campus, and must contain at least 40 percent of content directly related to Latin America. To help students identify appropriate courses, each semester we compile a booklet of courses which students can consult before the registration period commences. Below are the most recent listings.
Decolonial Thinking & Pedagogy
LTAM 500 | Dr. Ruth Trinidad-Galván
The colonial history of Latin America and other parts of the world has generated new thinking on the legacy and remnants of colonialism. New ideologies and concepts surfacing from Latin America and other regions explore ways of decolonizing minds and bodies from the chains of internalized oppression and self-inflicted hate in society in general, but education specifically. This course would attend to the myriad of ways in which scholars are decolonizing education, teacher education and pedagogical practices. Unlike US approaches to diversity and difference through multicultural education, Latin America has focused on questioning Western thought and epistemology and instead presented educational frameworks that are more encompassing of the diversity within Latin America through interculturalidad. That is, an approach to education that not only acknowledges the racial differences—Indigenous, AfroLatino, etc.—within Latin America but rather of aiming to break down hierarchical notions of “superior” and “inferior” knowledge in schools.
Program Strengths in Indigenous Languages
In addition to Spanish and Portuguese, programs which have a long and established history at UNM, LAS students are also able to study indigenous languages of Latin America. Students are currently able to take classes in K'iche' Maya, Quechua, Quichua, and beginning in Fall 2018, Nahuatl. Collectively, these languages are spoken by millions of people living throughout Latin America and beyond. Studying these languages prepares students to engage with their respective people, cultures, and histories, as well as contribute to language revitalization efforts.
In addition to traditional courses, the LAS program offers graduate students the opportunity to develop courses around internships. LAS has worked with local non-profits to design internships that provide relevant practical skills for our students. To complement the professional experience, students work with faculty to design and complete a for-credit course in which they read relevant scholarly publications and produce papers that link their internship activities and readings.