Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval
Course Number: 225
Semester Hours: 3
Frequency of Offering: Every semester, grade only, no prerequisite
Course Title: Geography of Latin America
Catalog Description: A study of the complex, cultural, racial, political and economic
patterns which have developed in Latin America since 1492 within its physical
geographic setting. Grade only.
This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2: Yes
This is a new course proposal: No
Proposal Category: Unity and Diversity: Multicultural Perspectives
Departmental Contact: Jerry Gerlach, ext. 5432
Approval/Disapproval Recommendation form attached.
University Studies Course: Unity and Diversity
Geography of Latin America (Geography 225)
C. Multicultural Perspectives
1. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultural patterns and similarities of thought,
values and beliefs manifest in different cultures.
The geography of Latin America is designed to give students a view of an area of the
world that possesses a culture different from that of Anglo-America. The course is
structured to allow students to know the basic differences between Latin and
Anglo-American culture as it applies to their way of life. The further continuation of
this thought carries over to how the Latinos use their environment to live.
- Understand the extent to which cultural differences influence the interpretation and
expression of events, ideas, and experiences.
Latin culture is compared with other world cultures in a number of ways to explain this
topic. The experiences center on the creation of Latin cultures by melding together the
Latin and Native American and African elements. The population and economic components of
each culture are compared with an emphasis on individuality, social stratification, and
the role of the sexes. These apply to the family, the groups, and the nation and their
slow rates of economic development.
- Understand the extent to which cultural differences influence the interaction between
These differences are examined with special emphasis on the relationship in Latin
America between Latinos and Native Americans, Latinos and Africans, the social classes in
each country, the landowners and the landless, the Latinos and the outsiders (especially
Anglo-Americans). The relationships are examined in both economic and social ways. The
results of their relationships are used to help explain the land use systems in the area.
- Examine different cultures through their various expressions.
The areas of Latin America are examined with an emphasis on their cultural landscapes.
Their penchant for urban dwelling is noted. Especially their fondness for such a vast
number dwelling in the Primate Cities. Their unique concentration of power, in the hands
of the army, landowners, and church is viewed. Their lack of industrialization, until
quite recently, is observed and compared with the landowning tradition of Latin culture.
Finally, the recent changes in Latin American development and culture are noted especially
emphasizing its comparison with other developing areas.
Geography 225 Geography of Latin America
University Studies Course
(Unity and Diversity Core: Multicultural Perspectives)
Instructor: Jerry Gerlach E-mail: email@example.com
Office: Minné 327 Office Phone: 457-5432 (voice
Office Hours: M,W,F, 10-11 am; 1-2 pm; M 5-5:30 pm; and by appointment
A study of the complex cultural, social, political, demographic, and economic patterns
which have developed in Latin America since 1492 within its physical geographical
University Studies; Unity and Diversity: Multicultural Perspective (US:MP in syllabus
outline) are used to explain course content, areas covered, and assessment of the student.
To describe and analyze the cultural landscapes of Latin America. This will involve an
overview of the whole region followed by regional studies of the area. Activities in class
may include lecture, discussion, presentations, and in- and out-of-class papers.
UNIVERSITY STUDIES COURSE
UNITY AND DIVERSITY: MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
(UD:MP in Syllabus Outline)
I. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse patterns and similarities of thought,
values and beliefs as manifest in different cultures.
The students will understand the culture of an area different than their own.
Comparisons between Anglo and Latin American cultures are stressed. The comparison will
stress differences in how the Latin Americans use of the landscape has evolved.
II. Understand the extent to which cultural differences influence the interpretation
of events, ideas and experiences.
To understand these parts of Latin culture by comparing it with other world cultures.
The experience centers on the creation of Latin culture by the molding together of Latin,
Native American and African elements. The populations and economic components are compared
with an emphasis on individuality, social stratification, and the role of the sexes. These
are applied to the family, the group and the nation. These are also compared to their rate
of economic development.
III. Understand the extent to which cultural differences influence the interaction
To understand the relationships that exist between Latinos and Native Americans,
Latinos and Africans, the social classes in each country, the landowners and the landless,
and the Latinos and the outsiders (especially Anglo-Americans). The aim is to understand
more clearly relationships in both economic and social terms. This is then used to explain
the land use systems of the area.
IV. Examine different cultures through various expressions
To understand the various cultural landscapes of Latin America and how they developed.
To note why urban living is preferred, even in agricultural societies. Students will learn
the power of the primate cities and what they are related to. The traditional power of the
army, church, and landowners is examined. The traditional lack of industrialization is
observed and compared with the landowning tradition. Finally, the recent changes in Latin
American culture and development are noted emphasizing their comparison with other areas
of the world
Latin America and the Caribbean, 3rd ed., by B.W. Blouet and O.M.
Attendance is mandatory at all classes. A student is allowed two unexcused absences.
For every unexcused absence, two points will be subtracted from the students final
numerical grade. Valid excuses are those accepted by the Dean of the College. All make-up
tests, if excused, will be given on the last day of the semester.
The final grade will be determined by the grades the student has earned on the exams.
The exams include material covered in the lecture and the text.
90 plus = A
80 plus = B
70 plus = C
60 plus = D
- Latin American patterns Ch 1-7
- Mexico Ch 8
- Central America Ch 9
- West Indies Ch 10
- Andean America Ch 11
- Southern Core Ch 13
F. Brazil Ch 12