HIST 143
Soccer and History in Latin America: Making the Beautiful Game Fall 2019
Division II Writing Skills

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This course examines the rise of soccer (fĂștbol/futebol) in modern Latin America, from a fringe game to the most popular sport in the region. Focusing especially on Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico, we will analyze the central role that soccer played as these countries faced profound questions about race, masculinity, and regional and national identities. Using autobiographies, videos, and scholarly works from several disciplines, we will consider topics including: the role of race and gender constructions in the initial adoption of soccer; the transformation of this foreign game into a key marker of national identity; the relationship between soccer and political and economic “modernization”; the production of strong, at times violent identities at club, national, and regional levels; and the changes that mass consumerism and globalization have effected on the game and its meanings for Latin Americans.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1177
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a series of short papers, and an 8- to 10-page research paper
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first year students and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar. If oversubscribed an application process may be developed to determine admission to the course
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write three 3-page papers on set topics. They will revise the first of these. Topics involve interpreting different kinds of sources as well as conflicting arguments. They will also write an 8- to 10-page research paper, with required submission of a proposed topic, an annotated bibliography, an outline, and a draft before the final paper itself. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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