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Relevant Print Sources I: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial HistoryRelevant Print Sources II: Contemporary Latin AmericaWeb Resources I: History, Culture, Archaeology & Contemporary Native Peoples (General Sources)Web Resources I: History, Culture, Archaeology & Contemporary Native Peoples (Resources by Region)Web Resources II: Statistics on Contemporary Issues in Latin America
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LAS 201-001: Introduction to Latin American Studies   Tags: las201, latin america  

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Important Dates

Tuesday, 8/28/12: List of the Three Nations you would MOST like to research

Tuesday, 9/18/12: Research Paper Segment I

Tuesday, 10/09/12 OR Tuesday, 10/16/12: Research Paper Segment II

Tuesday, 10/16/12:  Rewrite of Segment I due

Tuesday, 10/23/12: Research Paper Segment III AND Brief Statement of Your Final Paper Topic & Key Arguments

Thursday, 11/15/12: Complete First Draft of Final Research Paper & Analysis

Tuesday, 12/04/12: Complete, Finalized Version of Final Research Paper & Analysis


Grading Criteria

The grading criteria for your final paper can be found in the rubric below.


Final Research Paper and Analysis: Details, Guidelines and Instructions

Final Research Paper & Analysis: Details, Guidelines, & Instructions

(50% of Final Grade IN TOTAL)

PLEASE NOTE: These are the exact same instructions provided in the syllabus.

Over the course of the semester you will complete a  research paper on a Latin American nation of your choosing; alternatively, you may elect to investigate a specific place or region within a nation.  The goal of this research paper is to explore the history of your chosen nation (or region) and how this history relates to a specific contemporary problem, conflict, issue, &/or contentions socio-economic policy affecting people in that country (or region). Specifically, I encourage you to consider how socio-economic inequities that have their roots in colonialism continue to influence people’s lives; livelihoods; life-prospects; living conditions; socio- economic opportunities; social, economic,  political struggles, and/or related matters.


This research paper is designed to be written in four relatively short sections due at specific times throughout the semester (as indicated below & in the syllabus).  You will receive comments on each section of your paper, and you are expected to incorporate these comments into the final draft of your research paper. Your Final Research Paper should include improved versions of each of the four segments you are called upon to write over the course of the semester, along with an introduction and conclusion; the final version of your research paper, should also contain a well-thought-out analysis that ties all sections of the paper together into a coherent whole. (See details below.)


At various points throughout the semester, you will also be called upon to share your ideas and written work with your peers in order to give and receive  construct iive feedback on one  another’s work (see box on peer review to the right) and ideas. As in all classroom interactions, I expect all students to treat one another (& one another’s work) with respect and to offer constructive, considerate commentary.


As the semester progresses, be sure to KEEP ALL PAPERWORK RELATED TO YOUR FINAL RESEARCH  PAPER (e.g. graded assignments, drafts with commentary from peers or the instructor, completed grading rubrics &/or evaluation forms, etc.) Keep ALL graded work containing the instructor’s comments AND keep ALL copies of your paper on which your classmates have provided advice or commentary. You are REQUIRED to turn-in all these previous drafts (with commentary) along with your Final Research Paper (DUE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 In Class). Handing-in your previous work (& commentary on this work) along with your Final Research Paper allows me to see how you have changed and improved your paper for the final version. Students who do not turn-in these earlier drafts along with their Final Research Paper will receive significant deductions from their final paper grades.


Peer Review of Papers

On Thursday 11/15/12 bring AT LEAST one or two hard-copies of your completed (or nearly competed) final paper draft to be used for peer-editing and peer-review. If you wish to do so, you are certainly encouraged to solicit feedback from more than one group member and/or from others in the class who may not be part of your assigned group. Just be sure that work is distributed in such a way that all members of your assigned group have the chance both to (a) edit another group-member’s paper and (b) receive comments/advice on their own written work from one or more group members.  Participating in this peer-editing activity with others in your assigned group is a required part of this course, so be sure you have a draft of your final paper ready to be reviewed and edited by the beginning of class on 11/15/12.

Specifically, in class on Thursday 11/15/12, you are (a) required to read and provide constructive commentary on AT LEAST ONE of your group-mate’s Final Paper Drafts (doing so is worth 3% of your Final Course Grade) Remember, all peer-reviewed drafts (& associated documents like grading rubrics) must be kept and turned-in along with your final paper (which is due In-Class on December 4, 2012). You are (b) required to have your own Final Paper Draft reviewed by AT LEAST ONE (1) of your fellow group members (doing so is worth 3% of your Final Course Grade)

All students are required to come to class and participate in the peer-review process on Thursday, 11/15/12 unless prior arrangements are made with me. You must hand-in evidence of the peer-review process when you turn-in your Final Research Paper & Analysis, due in-class on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

You are also expected to participate in the peer-review process in-class on 11/15/12, as this will be worth a total of 6% of your Final Course Grade.


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