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Courses

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.

Students can work with faculty to add more Latin American content to courses that do not meet the 40% threshold with the LAS Course Content Form.


Course Spotlight

LAS courses are diverse and taught by some of the most dynamic faculty members on campus! Below are two examples of courses, one from the Fine Arts and one from a professional school, being offered in Spring 2019.

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Modern Latin American Art 

ARTH 529 | Dr. Kency Cornejo

This course centers on the idea of Latin American Art. It provides an in-depth discussion of 20th century Latin American artists and their contributions to the art world in order to establish a wider and more complex vision of Modern Art and challenge euro-centered notions of western art. The course is not a listing of famous artists. It is instead an exploration of political, ideological, and intellectual debates through the lens of modern artists and their creative and artistic production. We will explore how artists challenged negative stereotypes associated with Latin America to question categories of identity, politics, and culture. We will consider a diverse cultural production, looking in particular at artists’ perspectives on race, gender, revolutionary upheaval, and colonial legacies. Themes include: indigenismo, modernism and the avant-garde; Mexican muralism; social realism and politics; expression of national identities versus adoption of cosmopolitan trends; surrealism and perceptions of the “fantastic” in Latin American art; abstraction versus figuration; conceptual and non-objective art; and the politics of art and exile, among other themes. The class will also explore debates in art criticism from Latin America and the politics of exhibiting Latin American art. We will discuss how these diverse issues, from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America frame the idea of a Latin American Art.

 

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Foundations of Indigenous Planning 

CRP 534 | Dr. Ted Jojola

This course examines the relationship of indigenous planning to other planning approaches such as advocacy, equity, and radical planning; considers aspects of “indigeneity” such as sovereignty, land tenure, and culture, and their application to community planning.