This is an introductory, interdisciplinary survey course on modern Latin America focusing on contemporary social issues especially from the past five years. Each week will be dedicated to a different social problematic, including: political indigeneity; the legacy of African slavery; feminism and femicide; drug wars; migration and border issues; student movements; neoliberalism and resource struggles; and ecological contestation. Weekly meetings are driven by reading discussion, with context provided in lectures. You will conduct independent research in at least one group presentation and one final project. Required for students seeking the certificate in Latin American Studies.