Summer 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
A scholar recently asserted that the U.S.-Mexico border region “has never known a placid year since it emerged from the Mexican War of 1848.” In recent decades the border has acquired a reputation as a hotbed of diplomatic tension and, especially, unlawful activity, such as illegal migration, drug trafficking, prostitution, and official corruption. Through a combination of lectures, selected readings, class discussions, and films (documentary and fictional drama) we will explore the region's evolution from a dangerous and dreary colonial backwater to a dynamic, thriving, yet still perplexing international conduit, all the while focusing on the role of borderlanders themselves in shaping the region and its destiny.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria: