Greg Landau

Greg Landau Ph.D

Box S-76, Office S-186

San Francisco, CA 94112

Phone: 415-452-7415 (I answer this phone)



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Diego Rivera:
Art and Social Change in Latin America


This page is a basic overview of the course and provide students a guide to the requirements and assignments for completing the class.

Instructor: Greg Landau Ph.D.
Office hours: Online chat (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-10am or by appointment) Textbooks:
Mexican Muralists by Desmond Roquefort
Art and Revolution in Latin America 1910-1990 by David Craven
My Art, My Life by Diego Rivera
Additional readings will be available online. Links will be provided in the course content. Course requirements:

    1. Participate in online discussions at least twice a week (total one hour weekly)
    2. Read assigned readings
    3. Turn in two short essays
  1. Midterm
  2. Write 5-10 page research paper
  3. Create a mini-mural in the style of one of the Mexican muralists or painters (you can use cut out
    pictures, photoshop, crayons or any medium you want)
  4. Final exam

All assignments will be turned in via email through links provided in the course site.

You can also propose a larger research project that incorporates the above elements instead of comleting all the assignments.

Online Participation

Students will be required to login to the course at least twice a week for total of one hour weekly and participate in the discussion forums. These forums will allow for a dialogue with the instructor and other students. These discussions will be monitored to ensure that students are keeping up with the required discussion time and actively contribute to the forums.

This course is based on the readings and student research. Through this directed reading we will explore the important cultural movements in Latin America in the 20th century. This course will provide students a map to understand the ways that these

Grading Policy
The grades will be given based on the following formula:
Participation in discussion groups 10% (credit or no credit for postings)
They should be relevant to the discussion topic and include some original thought. 2 short essays 10% each (total 20%)
Midterm 20%
Research Paper 20% (Use MLA citation format)
Final Exam 20%
Minimural 10%

The short essays will be based on the readings and will require students to expound on some of the themes and topics in the readings. The essays will be available for student access two weeks before their due date and the final exam will be available one week before its due date. The details and format for the research paper will be available at any time so students can get a ahead start form the beginning of the semester. Student essays will be evaluated on the depth of analysis and the quality of the research that they carry out.

These assignments will require students to conduct historical research into Latin American cultural movements and evaluate and analyze works of art that sprang from these politically charged moments.This course will encourage originality and analytical thinking as students will be challenged to look at very images and artistic representations of the complex political moments. Many of the symbols and icons that help meaning at the moment they were created now may be interpreted differently. In this course we will explore both the intentionality of the artists that create these works and the impact and meaning they help for the public at that time.

Upon completion ofthis course a student will be able to:
A. Analyze the social, political and cultural impact ofLatin American and Latino/a social
movements in the Americas.
B. Explore the differences between old and new social movements.
C. Evaluate the tensions between Armed/Guerrilla Struggle and Social Movements.
D. Analyze the relationship between the State, the Market and Civil Society in Latin America
and the United States.
E. Analyze the impact ofglobalization on democracy and social movements in the United
States and Latin America.
F. Analyze the role identity playsin the constitution ofnew social movements.
G. Examine how social movements arise from and challenge authoritarian political cultures.

MUSIC 25: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

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