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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 Spotlights

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 Humanities and one from the Social Sciences, being offered in Fall 2018.

History of Latin America through Film

HIST 478 | Dr. Linda Hall

This course explores key topics in Latin American history through film, including documentary and feature-length films produced in Latin America. Students will examine the historical framework as well as the political and social context of each film's production. Linda Hall has been a professor of Latin American History at UNM since 1986, where she also served as director of Latin American Studies between 1995 and 2000. Her published work has focused principally on the Mexican Revolution and the U.S.—Mexican border. Her scholarly interests also extend beyond Mexico, encompassing both US—Latin American relations and regional studies more broadly. Recently, her research has turned to issues of religion, gender, and film in Latin America.

Policing & Planning: Race and Security in Global Cities

Photograph of favelas near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CRP 470 | Prof. Jennifer Tucker

In the US, the Black Lives Matter movement has re-ignited a long-standing public conversation about the racialized dimensions of community dis/investment, policing, public safety, and urban development. Similar questions resonate in global cities around the world. The violent retaking of favelas from drug traffickers in Brazil, the militarization of towns on the US-Mexico border, and uprisings in Muslim-majority neighborhoods on Paris’ peripheries demonstrate the centrality of security, policing and inequality in diverse processes of urban development. In this class, Professor Jennifer Tucker frames both policing and planning as practices, processes and philosophies of who belongs in the city and what sorts of people can shape it. Both policing and planning are means of intervening into the urban environment. Furthermore, both claim to hold the wellbeing of the citizenry as their primary goal. Yet planning’s concern with inclusion, equity and justice points toward a different horizon of the possible. The course will enable students to understand race, racism and dominant understandings of security as forces shaping contemporary cities in diverse contexts. 

Image Captions: (2) Photograph of favelas near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reprinted via CC © from Peter Fabricius.