UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

LAIS Courses

Tentative List of LAIS Course Offerings for 2021-2022

LAIS 10. Introduction to the Latin American and Iberian World
(4) STAFF
Introduction to issues, debates, and approaches in the study of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, and the Latino world, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics considered include history, culture, society and literature from various places and times.

LAIS 10H. Introduction to the Latin American and Iberian World – Honors Section

(1) STAFF
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in LAIS 10.

Enrollment Comments: Taught in Spanish. Knowledge of Spanish is required.
Honors discussion section for students enrolled in LAIS 10. This discussion section will be taught in Spanish.
LAIS 100. Introduction to Latin American and Iberian Studies

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as LAIS 100S. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 100S.
Designed to acquaint students with current research on the main areas of Latin American and Iberian Studies.
LAIS 100H. Introduction to Latin American and Iberian Studies – Honors Section

(1) STAFF
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in LAIS 100; honors standing in LAIS or the College of Letters and Science.

Eligible students are invited to enroll in the honors seminar which is generally taught by the course instructor.

LAIS 100S. Introduction to Latin American and Iberian Studies

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing
Enrollment Comments: Taught in Spanish. Same course as LAIS 100. Knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 100.
Designed to acquaint students with current research on the main areas of Latin American and Iberian Studies. Taught in Spanish.

LAIS 101. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the History and Societies of Latin America and Iberia

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as LAIS 101S. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 101S.
Issues central to the study of Latin America and Iberia across the social sciences and history. Topics include nationalism, revolution, politics and the state, economic development and international relations, labor, popular culture, race, gender, religion, migration, environment, imperialism, and colonialism.

LAIS 101S. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the History and Societies of Latin America and Iberia

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Taught in Spanish. Same course as LAIS 101. Knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 101.
Issues central to the study of Latin America and Iberia across the social sciences and history. Topics include nationalism, revolution, politics and the state, economic development and international relations, labor, popular culture, race, gender, religion, migration, environment, imperialism, and colonialism. Taught in Spanish.
LAIS 102. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Cultures, Languages, and Literatures ofLatin America and Iberia

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as LAIS 102S. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 102S.
Issues pertinent to the diverse cultures, languages, and literatures of Latin America and Iberia. Disciplines and approaches may include: pre-Columbian studies, Spanish and Spanish American literatures, Portuguese and Brazilian literatures, translation studies, cultural, gender, and queer studies, romance language and linguistics.

LAIS 102S. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Cultures, Languages, and Literatures ofLatin America and Iberia

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division Standing.
Enrollment Comments: Taught in Spanish. Same course as LAIS 102. Knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is a legal repeat of LAIS 102.
Issues pertinent to the diverse cultures, languages, and literatures of Latin America and Iberia. Disciplines and approaches may include: pre-Columbian studies, Spanish and Spanish American literatures, Portuguese and Brazilian literatures, translation studies, cultural, gender, and queer studies, romance language and linguistics. Taught in Spanish.
LAIS 145. Spanish for Healthcare

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or Spanish 16B; and Spanish 100
Recommended Preparation: Advanced proficiency in Spanish
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Spanish 145.
Designed for students interested in expanding and applying their knowledge of Spanish to the medical field. Students will learn and apply targeted vocabulary/grammar and develop bicultural/bilingual competency of healthcare issues in Hispanic countries and the US.
LAIS 149AD. Blackness in Latin America, An Introduction

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or 49A or 49B or upper-division standing.
Recommended Preparation: HIST 9 or WRIT 109HU

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 149AD.
Explores the experiences of Africans and their descendants in the Americas, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Looks at ways in which men and women (enslaved and free) negotiated their imposed conditions from the colonial period to the present. Considers the methodological challenges of writing a history of people who did not produce primary sources. Underscores the contribution that people of African-descent have made and the debates that continue shaping the discipline.
LAIS 151A. Latin American History: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Periods

(4) COBO
Prerequisite: History 8 or upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as HIST 151A. LAIS 151A is the English version of LAIS 151AS & HIST 151AS. Not open for additional units of credit to students who have completed LAIS151AS/HIST151AS/HIST151A
Repeat Comments: This course can be used to repeat HIST 151A/HIST 151AS/LAIS 151AS.
A general survey of the social, economic, institutional, and intellectual history of colonial Spanish America (1492-1800), with comparisons to colonial Brazil.
LAIS 151AS. Latin American History: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Periods (in Spanish)

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8

Enrollment Comments: Spanish proficiency is required. Same course as HIST 151AS; Spanish versionof LAIS 151A & HIST 151A. Not open for additional units of credit to students who have completed LAIS151A/HIST151AS/HIST 15
Repeat Comments: This course can be used to repeat HIST 151AS/HIST 151A/LAIS 151A
A Spanish-language version of LAIS 151A. A general survey of the social, economic, institutional, and intellectual history of colonial Spanish America (1492-1800), with comparisons to colonial Brazil, taught in Spanish and drawing on Spanish-language materials.
LAIS 151B. Latin American History
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 151B.
Nineteenth-century Latin America. Topics include: the independence movements, the consolidation of the new states, and the rise of export-oriented economies.
LAIS 151C. Latin American History

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 151C.
Twentieth-century Latin America: the export economies, industrialization, the rise of U.S. hegemony; populism and military dictatorship in the postwar period; the Mexican and Cuban revolution; Vargas, Peron, Cardenas, Castro, and Allende.
LAIS 151CU. History of Cuba

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or 9 or 151A or 151B or 151C or 154LB or LAIS 100 or 101 or upper division standing.
Recommended Preparation: WRIT 109HU

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 151CU
A history of Cuba from the colonial era to the present, with an emphasis on the social and political processes of the 19th to 21st centuries.
LAIS 151Q. Readings in Latin American History

(4) STAFFPrerequisite: History 8
Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 151Q. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units.
A weekly reading seminar on special topics in the history of Latin America. Depending on the topic, it may include primary sources and works of fiction. Written assignments required.
LAIS 153A. Honor, Race, Gender, and Class in the Americas

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 153A.
Explores the intersectionality of honor, gender, race, and class during the colonial period and the nineteenth century, in the Americas, with an emphasis in Iberoamerica. Looks into the ways in which these notes, ideas, or concepts served as a metaphor for policies, rights, inclusion, and discrimination. Through the reading of secondary and primary sources, we explore ways in which women and men from different backgrounds and ethnicities negotiated, internalized and resisted hegemonic, imposed assumptions about their honor or lack of it. Lastly, we consider ways in which the sequels of these assumptions linger up to the present and shape the way we perceive on another.
LAIS 154LA. Andean History: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Periods

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Any History 2 series course, or any History 4 series course, or History 8, or any History 151 series course, or LAIS 100, or LAIS 101, or upper-division standing.
Recommended Preparation: HIST 9 or WRIT 109HU

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 154LA.
The history of the Andean region broadly defined from pre-Columbian times to the colonial period. Topics include the Incas and their predecessors; indigenous societies in the Northern and Southern Andes; the formation and development of colonial societies; religion; the economy; and global connections.
LAIS 154LB. Andean History: The National Period

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 2A or 2B or 2C or 4A or 4B or 4C or 8 or 151A or 151B or 151C or 151FQ or 151I or 151R or 154DR or 154LA or 154Q or LAIS 100 or LAIS 101 or upper-division standing.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 154LB.
The birth of the modern Andean republics; the shaping of national identity; the problem of “race”; Indigenismo; political movements and revolutions from the early nineteenth century to the present.
LAIS 154R. Undergraduate Research Seminar in Andean History

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or 9 or 151A or 151B or 151C or 154LB or LAIS 100 or 101 and upper division standing.
Recommended Preparation: WRIT 109HU

Enrollment Comments: Same course as HIST 154R.
Through readings, films, and discussion, students explore a topic or problem in the history of the Andean region. Students conduct historical research using both primary and secondary sources to produce an original and substantial 15-20 page research paper.
LAIS 156A. History of Mexico: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Periods

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: History 8 or upper-division standing.
Recommended Preparation: HIST 9 or WRIT 109HU

Enrollment Comments: Same course as History 156A.
The history of colonial New Spain, from California to Central America and from the Philippines to the Caribbean. Topics include pre-Columbian societies, including the Aztecs; the formation and development of colonial societies; religion; the economy; and global connections.
LAIS 165. Andean Literature, Music, and Culture

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Spanish 30; and Spanish 100 (may be taken concurrently)

Enrollment Comments: Same course as SPAN 165.
This course focuses on literature, music and culture of certain ethnic groups inhabiting the Andean region of South America including, but not limited to, the Aymara and Quechua peoples, their cosmovision and their languages. Through literary texts belonging to different genres, and through films, special attention is placed on expressions of syncretism in seasonal festivals in which pre-Hispanic, European, and African music traditions and religions were shaped due to forced migration, wars and colonization. A strong emphasis on the ecological regions of the nations that share the Andean mountain range contextualizes current indigenous movements of resistance against the degradation of its environment and the impact on its culture.
LAIS 174. The Hispanic Novel and Cinema

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Spanish 102L or Spanish 30 (Prerequisite may be taken concurrently).

Enrollment Comments: Same course are SPAN 174.
Study of three or four Hispanic novels vis-a-vis their film versions, permitting analysis of narrative in both genres, using existing films and videos based on masterpieces of Hispanic literature. Taught in Spanish.
LAIS 189. Vanguard Poetry in Spanish America

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Spanish 102L or Spanish 30 (Prerequisite may be taken concurrently).

Enrollment Comments: Same course as Spanish 189.
A survey of the poetry of the Spanish-American avant-guarde focusing on its three main tendencies: colloquial or antipoetic poetry, existentially or politically committed poetry, and self-referential, narcissistic poetry.
LAIS 194. Spanish American Women’s Writing

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Spanish 102L or Spanish 30 (Prerequisite may be taken concurrently).

Enrollment Comments: Same course as SPAN 194.
An introduction to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish American women’s writings. Themes may include women’s participation in the formation of national literatures, their engagement with a tradition of women’s writing, and issues of authorship and authority.
 

LAIS 195A. Senior Honors Thesis 

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Admission to honors program; consent of department. 

Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.6 grade-point average for courses in Latin American & Iberian Studies. A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of LAIS 195B.Individual study with the advisor for the purpose of writing a major interdisciplinary research paper on a topic of sufficient depth and sophistication.

LAIS 195B. Senior Honors Thesis 

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Admission to honors program; consent of department. 

Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.6 grade-point average for courses in Latin American & Iberian Studies. A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of LAIS 195B.Individual study with the advisor for the purpose of writing a major interdisciplinary research paper on a topic of sufficient depth and sophistication.

LAIS 195G. Senior Honors Thesis 

(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Admission to honors program; consent of department. 

Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.6 grade-point average for courses in Latin American & Iberian Studies.Students learn the mechanics of formulating a research problem and choose a faculty advisor, and submit a project proposal.

LAIS 199. Independent Studies 

(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in LAIS. 

Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding three quarters and are limited to five units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units.The description of any one 199 must not be identical to any existing course description.

Courses in other departments

LAIS students also take courses in other programs and departments, including Art History, Economics, Film Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, Linguistics, History, Anthropology, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Feminist Studies.

A list of courses from other departments approved as part of the LAIS major may be consulted here.