Spring 2021 NYU Consortium Classes

 Last Updated: November 19, 2020

Courses are subject to changes and cancellations. For a PDF version of the courses with descriptions, please click here

Through the New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies, master's students from New York University and Columbia are allowed to take pre-approved courses each semester. These courses below are approved by the Institute of Latin American Studies for SIPA and MARSLAC students to cross-register in SPRING 2021. These courses must be registered via a form on the first day of the class. Please see your instructor and follow the instructions on the registration form. Note that spring semester classes at NYU will start on Thursday, January 28 and end on Monday, May 10, 2021.

    Approved Consortium Classes at NYU

    LATC-GA 11 - Elementary Quechua II
    Instructor: Odi Gonzalez
    Date/time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00am – 12:15pm
    Location: Blended (Online & In-person)

    Quechua is the most important and most widely distributed indigenous language in South America, with about 10 million speakers living from the high mountains to the tropical lowlands in Colombia (where the language is called Ingano), Ecuador (where it is called kichwa or runa shimi, "human speech"), Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina (where it is usually spelled Quechua and called, by its speakers, runa simi). Studying Quechua opens a window onto alternative ways of thinking about social worlds, about space and time, family, and humans' relationship with the natural world. Quechua is recommended for students anticipating travel to the Andean region, those interested in language and linguistics, and those interested in indigenous literatures and cultures. Students who satisfactorily complete introductory Quechua will be well-prepared for intensive summer study at one of many summer study abroad programs in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia that will put them in closer contact with the indigenous world.

    LATC-GA 1045: Human Rights in Latin America
    Instructor: Peter Lucas
    Date/Time: Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Location: Blended (Online & In-Person)

    In this graduate seminar, students will examine human rights case studies in Latin America, popular resistance and social movements in Latin America, the role of media and representation in reporting and promoting human rights, and educational initiatives for human rights. We will especially study the many choices society has after collective violence. Latin America remains a fascinating region to study human rights as the last two decades have stood out as a period of reckoning and bearing witness of past atrocities. In the wake of serious violence human rights violations of the past but also to build a culture of human rights and peace in the future., countries continue to struggle with issues of justice, reconciliation, truth, remembering, and healing. Over the years there have been many different responses to collective violence in Latin America and these strategies continue to evolve and change. This course will study the range of these responses not only to reconcile

    LATC-GA 1017 - Government & Politics of Latin America
    Instructor: Patricio Navia
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 5:00pm-7:00pm
    Location: Blended (Online & In-Person)

    As a social science, political science differs from other disciplines in that its basic object of study is the State and the way individuals and groups of individuals relate, interact and respond to the State. Political parties, institutions and collective behavior of individuals are central components in the field. Thus, political science will often focus more on political parties, the military, government bureaucracies and revolutionary forces than on labor unions, peasants or disposed groups. In short, political science tends to show a bias towards elite studies. Perhaps as a signal that traditionally disposed groups are acquiring greater political power, non-elite studies have grown and enriched the field in recent years. Yet, the primary research focus continues to be the State and how different groups influence (or seek to influence) the State.

    LATC-GA 2304 – Feminist & Indigenous Pedagogies
    Instructor: Pamela Calla
    Date/Time: Thursday, 2:00pm -4:30pm 
    Location: Online

    Students will be given the opportunity to compare and contrast Freire’s notion of dialogical education with intercultural and multilingual notions in relation to the construction of democracy and equality. This will provide a basis from which to unravel how state officialization of Intercultural/Multicultural and Bilingual/Multilingual Education involved its depolitization through the fading of its historical critical potential. In this light, we will examine how proponents of such officialization chose to ignore critical pedagogy, critical race theory and most of all the contributions and critiques made by feminists and critical gender theorists of education. The seminar will thus end with the exploration of such feminist critiques and those of indigenous women and men interested in “troubling” the educational arena and taking the legacies and trajectories of Freirean approaches to education and of Intercultural/Multicultural and Bilingual/Multicultural Education proposals a step further.

    LATC-GA 1014 – Bordering the Americas
    Instructor: Daniel Mendiola
    Date/Time: Monday, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
    Location: Blended (Online & In-Person)

    The purpose of this course is to examine the creation and proliferation of national bordering regimes throughout the Americas, evaluating how the meanings of borders have changed over time, as well as how bordering practices have impacted people in different places and times.  The first section of the course examines the meanings of borders, addressing the questions: what did borders mean for early nations?  And why has constraining migration come to be one of the most salient meanings of borders?  The rest of the course will then consider the impact of bordering regimes, asking: what bordering practices have nations used to constrain migration?  And how has this affected people?  The course will consider examples of border policies and human migrations in countries throughout the Americas including North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


    LATC-GA 1020 – Violent Energies: Extractivism and Women’s Struggle in the Americas
    Instructor: Ana Alvarez
    Date/Time: Thursday 10:00am – 12:30pm
    Location: Online

    Even though ‘extractive’ forms of production are increasingly central to economy and politics across the Americas, their impact on gender relations and on women in particular is often neglected in discussions on community and environmental rights. Extractivism includes not only the mining of fossil, mineral and pharmacological resources (oil, gas, carbon, metals, bio-prospecting) but also the agro-industrial production of crops and meat and the harvesting of ‘renewables’ as in large-scale hydro-electric projects (‘mega-dams’). Many of these activities are concentrated in indigenous lands, which are ‘resource-rich’ thanks to their great ‘biodiversity’, endangering the survival of individuals and communities through the contaminations of soils and rivers but also the larger socio-ecological impact including expropriation of communal lands, the disappearance of animals of prey, etc. Women bear an especially large burden of extractivist expansion into indigenous and mestizx peasant communities, including not just regular abuse and assassinations of female community activists but also enforced prostitution of women and girls in the boomtown regions of advancing oil, mining, and damming frontiers. State-driven extractive projects have reinforced patriarchal structures within local societies, either by re-empowering men as spokespersons and household chiefs thanks to income drawn from industry-related work or by driving male family members away to seek income in urban centers while women stay behind to care for children and elders in increasingly difficult circumstances of access to food, water and other basic necessities. In the course, we will study some of the ways in which extractivism impacts on the lives of women across the Americas, as well as some forms of community-based resistance that have emerged against these, frequently organized by women and emphasizing the link between economic, political and gendered forms of oppression (Mujeres Creando, or the Sumak Kawsay (‘good life’) movement in Bolivia and Ecuador, Oceti Sakowin resistance against the Standing Rock pipeline, etc.).


    How to Register

    1. Read the detailed list of approved courses and select a course.
    2. Contact Eliza Kwon-Ahn at ILAS with any questions on Columbia administrative matters.
    3. If necessary, contact the CLACS Office at NYU for instructions on completing administrative matters there:

      Gabriel Mangraner, Program Administrator
      King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC)
      53 Washington Square South, Floor 4W
    4. Download and print the CU-NYU Cross Registration Form.
    5. Complete and sign the form, and make two copies of it.
    6. Keep one copy for your records, and hand in the other at the Office of the Registrar in 205 Kent Hall.

    Important Details

    • Registration is manual, and you will need to attend the first day of the class at NYU to obtain all the required signatures.
    • The spring 2021 semester at NYU will start on Thursday, January 28.
    • The ILAS-CLACS consortium agreement is only for students in MARSLAC and SIPA program.  Students in other programs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are not eligible to register for these courses. Students at other schools must consult their school policies.