Summer 2022 - HIST 374W D100

Selected Topics in the History of the Americas (4)


Class Number: 2426

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



A writing-intensive examination of selected topics in the history of the Americas. The content will vary from offering to offering. See department for further information. HIST 374W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 374W for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.


Women/yn and Queer Latin America
Contemporary Latin American history offers a rare opportunity to examine the intersection of social movements and gender and queer studies. This course outlines, investigates, and reframes key Latin American historical events through the lenses of women/yn, queer, and liberatory organizing from the 1940’s to present. Our class focuses on cases studies through a range of sources including but not limited to historical novels, autobiographical texts, testimonios, oral histories, among other forms of knowledge mobilization/creation. The overall goal is to gain a nuanced view of how Latin American women/yn and queer communities have shaped contemporary ways social movements led active citizenship, critical mobilizing, and led cultural transformation.

Classes will be a mix of active learning strategies including interactive lectures, small group work, leading discussion, and other critical pedagogical frames to foster collaboration, critical thinking, and perspective-taking.



  • To explain the contemporary history of Latin America through lenses of women/yn and queer communities.
  • To examine critically the diverse sources produced/created by women/yn and queer communities in Latin America such as historical texts, multimedia materials, ethnographies, autobiographical testimonials, historical fictions, among others;
  • To discuss orally in critical, ethical, respectfully and evidence-based ways the materials studied in this class;
  • To design several writing projects based on historical analysis and the use of primary sources.



  • Participation (including both in-class and asynchronous board discussion) 15%
  • Group Leading discussion 10%
  • Peer short-flash-projects 10%
  • Group Project Presentation 15%
  • Final Paper Project - divided in 4 stages, includes feedback session and response 50%


Special considerations:
This course will address gender-based violence, patriarchy, and discrimination in various oppressive contexts of contemporary Latin America. At times, the materials presented throughout this course can be troubling or triggering for some students. As your instructor who deeply cares for your well-being and learning, I will ensure content notes are provided well in advance of readings, materials, and lecture content. With that said, please take good care of yourselves and make the most informed decision about taking this course.

Please note that no previous coursework or knowledge about Latin American history is required to take this class.



Required books will be supplemented by materials made available on our course Canvas


Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of Butterflies.

MacManus, Viviana Beatriz. Disruptive Archives: Feminist Memories of Resistance in Latin America's Dirty Wars.

Fernández, Nona. The Twilight Zone.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.