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.
LAS courses are diverse and taught by some of the most dynamic faculty members on campus! Below are two examples of courses being offered in Spring 2020.
Languages, Culture & Politics in the Andes
LTAM 500 | Dr. Angelica Serna Jerí
This class explores the kinds of cultural and political transformations surrounding written and verbal art in Quechua. We will investigate the postcolonial condition of Quechua as a language family that was in contact/conflict with the Spanish language. The course will guide students in learning how Quechua speakers in South America have engaged in continuous practices of resistance and decolonization from the European invasion to the present. We will focus on analyzing work by Quechua writers including Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and Ariruma Kowii. A goal in this class will be to learn the linguistic and cultural aspects of Quechua together with the cultural characteristics of the Andes. Students will learn to employ a variety of methods of cultural interpretation in order to examine issues of translation, language hierarchy, material culture, cultural appropriation, patrimony, heritage, and inter-generational conflict. The course will also contribute broadly to students’ understanding of indigenous politics and language in the Andean region, and it will provide a basis for thinking about parallel issues at a global level.
Note: Primary sources will be in Quechua, Spanish with translation to English and critical and theoretical work in English.
Food and Natural Resources
GEOG 564 | Dr. Chris Duvall
This course provides an advanced introduction to the social, cultural, and environmental meanings of food. Human activities have altered all the Earth’s ecosystems. Yet humans are also components of ecosystems, because we are entirely reliant upon plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms for food. Food is a direct and ubiquitous connection all humans share with the Earth’s biophysical environment. Every day, everyone makes choices about what to eat, how to prepare and eat these foods, and how to dispose associated wastes. Our daily food choices are driven by social and cultural factors. Cumulatively, our choices have profound effects on Earth’s environments, and also link us to farmers and other people around the world. This course examines both why we eat what we eat, and how our food choices affect other people and places around the world.