Research Project GoalsOne of the central goals of this class is to get you working as historians, developing skills of historical thinking, research, and analysis by creating your own projects. Influenced by the ideas of Brazilian educational theorist Paulo Freire about engaging students as active content creators in their own learning, this project give you the chance you come up with a (class-related) research project that is meaningful to you.Working over the course of the semester, you will design a research project to investigate any aspect of the history of modern Latin American history (any event between 1791 and 2005) that analyzes a range of primary sources as well as addressing how this topic has been studied by other scholars.Your project might focus on topics like Bolivian responses to environmental contamination by U.S. mining companies; Caribbean migrant flows and the creation of reggaetón; the history of Chilean social protest music; indigenous activists during the civil war in Guatemala; or Afro-Brazilian political and social activism. We’ll work together to find something that is both meaningful to you and makes a positive contribution to digital public history.Student Learning Outcomes (based on the AHA Tuning Project): Students will:identify a significant research question about Latin American historydemonstrate their skills of historical research in finding primary and secondary sourcesuse digital public history tools to communicate your knowledge about Latin America to a wider public audience.use sound, images, and narrative to craft a compelling, sophisticated piece of storytellingYour prospectus will serve as the basis for the research project. You’ll communicate your historical analysis two formats: improving a Wikipedia article’s coverage of your topics and through a 5-minute pecha kucha presentation.
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