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HIST 143
Soccer and History in Latin America: Making the Beautiful Game Fall 2020
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 racial, gender, 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: Format: seminar; The majority of the semester will consist of tutorial-like work. Students will meet with the instructor in pairs (or perhaps trios, depending on the enrollment). They will take turns writing short papers and critiquing those of their partner(s). We will have only a few synchronous meetings with the whole group. At the start of the semester we will discuss framing themes; at the end, our research topics.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2833
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, a series of short papers, response papers, and critiques
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 five 4-page papers on set topics, five critiques of classmates' papers, and two response papers. They will revise the first of their 4-page papers. Topics involve interpreting different kinds of sources as well as grappling with conflicting arguments. 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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