In the News 15%
Each week, students must bring a written synopsis of a news article to discussion section. The synopsis must include the citation/link to the news piece, and a discussion of how you think the article connects to Latin American History. Potential articles can be found from the LatAm in the News page on the course website. Students are responsible for making 12 synopses during the semester. The synopses will be graded on a credit/no-credit scale. Due each week.
Sarmiento Analysis 20%
For the first of three papers for the semester, students will write an analysis of Domingo Sarmiento's Facundo based on a set of guidelines. The paper will be 3-5 pages long. Due at the Week 7 section meeting.
Film Analysis 20%
For the second of three papers, students will write an analysis of the film Motorcycle Diaries, evaluating the film for historical accuracy based on readings assigned for class. The paper will be 3-5 pages long. Due at the Week 13 section meeting. I will be scheduling two viewings of the film, in 50-seat rooms. On Monday, March 5 at 7pm in Room 253 at the Library, and again on Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm in Room 213. You're not required to watch the public screening of the film, and it is available for rental through Netflix, or purchase through Amazon for as little as $8.00. I'll also set the film aside on reserve for viewing at the library. Instructions for the assignment are here.
The Little House Analysis 20%
For the final of three papers, students will write an analysis of The Little House, a memoir of Argentina's Dirty War. This paper is due in section on Week 15 depending on your section.
Final Exam 20%
There will be a cumulative final exam on the date scheduled by the registrar.
Five percent of each student's grade will be based on participation in discussion section, through attendance and discussion.