University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2014-2015

Global and Regional Studies



GRS 095A ~ Culture and Politics of Latin American Protest Music
CRN: 93842

Instructor: Caroline Beer Associate Professor of Political Science More . . .

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its emphasis on protest music as a cultural form will involve students with both the sonic and social dimensions of various social movements and will link this music to larger historical, geographical, and other cultural contexts. As we drop in on various social movements around the region, students will gain an understanding of the broad trends of Latin American and Caribbean history In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To directly involve students in experiential learning, we intend to partner with local arts, activist, and scholarly organizations, and bring in special guests to lecture and/or perform for this class and the university community. Students will develop the ability to think critically about how music, literature, film and other cultural forms both influence and are influenced by politics and historical events. This course will also provide students with a solid base for bringing together diverse ideas and epistemologies, thereby enhancing future interdisciplinary studies.

Requirements Satisfied: one Elective course
Meets: MWF 9:35am-10:25am

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