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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 being offered in Spring 2020.

Global Markets & Planetary Issues

MGMT 490 | Dr. Manuel Montoya

This course is the result of a series of acclaimed lectures and research projects that combines management strategy with international relations and philosophy.  How do we experience Planet Earth and how does that influence how we describe and address problems? The course encourages students to think critically about what constitutes a global market, and will provide you with a framework to a) develop a clear framework for thinking about globalization, b) explore the relationship between populism, popular culture, and markets, and c) apply and develop a series of market-driven strategies to address issues that affect the planet.

Note: Interested students must contact Professor Montoya to receive an override in order to register for the course.


Perspectivas de Paz en Colombia

SPAN 482 | Dr. Richard File-Muriel

After several years of negotiation between the Colombian government and FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), a peace accord was  reached to end a seven-decade conflict in 2016. However, the change of administration in 2018 has meant a less favorable political environment for the implementation of the peace accords. After three years, a segment of FARC announced its return to arms. How are we to understand this turn of events?  This course will examine the national and international dynamics influencing war and peace processes in Colombia, the history of the conflict and its actors, different understandings of peace, the role of the media, U.S. policy, social movements, and non-governmental organizations in the construction of peace in Colombia. A bulk of the class will be focused on how peace is practiced  by Afro-Colombian, Campesino, and Indigenous communities who have been disproportionately affected by war and other global systems of imperialism and colonial violence. These community-led experiences represent alternatives to neoliberal peacebuilding efforts that often times replicate social, political and economic injustices.

This class is taught in Spanish, while readings include sources in both Spanish and English.