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Who Owns Culture? A History of Cultural and Intellectual Property in the U.S. and Latin America
LAST 318
Spring 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 318, AFAM 232, HIST 243

This course will examine the representation, appropriation, and consumption of indigenous and African-descended peoples in the United States and Latin America, using popular discussions, political debates, and legal battles surrounding cultural and intellectual property. We will study how ownership can mean something palpable--legal property rights, for example--and also something less tangible and harder to define: the power to shape, own, market, and represent a group, region, national, or political discourse. Special attention will be given to museums, music, archaeology, copyright, tourism, land struggles, and testimonial literature (testimonio).

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Students will write one 10-15 pp paper and weekly critical responses, and will be expected to engage in critical interpretation of primary and secondary materials. Students are also required to turn in outlines and rough drafts for final papers.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS LAST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(LAST)

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