HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-002: Popular Culture in Modern Latin America
(Spring 2020)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

East Building 122

Section Information for Spring 2020

Popular culture – the practices and products elaborated by ordinary people – is more than just an entertaining curiosity. In fact, it informs people’s identities and shapes their social commitments. As a result, an understanding of a society’s conflicts, its hierarchies, even its politics requires an understanding of its multiple forms of popular culture. This course will examine the history of popular culture in Latin America, delving deeply into popular religion, sports, music, food, and film. Focusing on a number of specific case studies, we will seek to understand the complex, transnational, and often commercial origins of popular culture in various Latin America countries. We will pay particularly close attention to the larger, political effects of developments in popular culture.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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