Latin American Culture Through History: From Columbus to Despacito, 1492−2017

Explore Latin American culture in all its richness and complexity through important moments in history. Discover and discuss seven such moments, including:

  • the discovery of America and beginning of colonization in 1492
  • the fall of the Aztec Empire and Conquest in 1521
  • the expulsion of Jesuits in 1767
  • Colombia’s independence and its fragmentation in 1819
  • Perón’s first administration and the Populist Era, starting in 1946
  • the start of Allende’s presidency and coup d’état in 1973
  • the Zapatista uprising and social movements, from 1994 to the present.

Cinema, music, photography and literature are interwoven in the course, and reveal exciting characters and debates that can enrich critical thinking that serves you well in today's globalized world.

DANIEL ORIZAGA is a PhD student in Hispanic studies at UBC, and holds a Master in Spanish (The University of Texas at El Paso, USA). Daniel was formerly an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in Mexico. He has written several books, including La escritura del pliegue Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora: Ensayo de restitución and La mesa del escribano. Ensayos sobre literatura mexicana, among other publications. 

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

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