Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

SPAN 3045 - Narcoculture

Latin America is the continent with the largest production and trafficking of drugs in the world. This reality deeply affects the Latin American societies, economies and political institutions. On the other hand, cinema, music, television and literary fiction dealing with the issue of drug trafficking have become one of the most vibrant cultural manifestations of today´s Latin America. In this course, we will analyze the depictions of drug trafficking in Latin America and the United States, through cultural mediums such as TV series, films, novels and music. Additionally, we will study the role of anti-drug policies and their impact on Latin America. The classes will be dedicated to two dimensions: the concrete statistical and historical facts recorded by the social sciences in academic articles, and the cultural representations of that reality expressed in fictional media and in books.

Prerequisite: SPAN 2002, SPAN 2006A, or placement by the Department of Modern Languages