GPS 0311 - Regional Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean

Credits: 3

This course is a broad regional survey of the geographic realms commonly referred to as Latin America and the Caribbean. Together these realms are home to the largest Native American and African descended populations in the Americas; several of the western hemisphere's largest cities; and a diverse physical geography that includes the world's most extensive rain forest and river systems, its longest chain of mountains and one of its most extensive barrier reefs systems. Using a variety of films, readings and music the course explores the complex geographies of this diversity and takes stock of contemporary and historical developments, with special attention to ongoing struggles for social and environmental justice. The course draws on concepts and insights from physical geography and landscape ecology; cultural, social and economic geography; postcolonial studies; political ecology and environmental history; world-systems and dependency theory.

Prerequisites: GPS 0101  or permission of instructor.

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