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HIST 403C Seminar in the History of International Relations - HIST OF COCAINE

Selected topics in the history of international relations. Restricted to fourth year students majoring in History or International Relations.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
HIST 403C 101Seminar1 Wed15:0017:00

Global history of cocaine

This course explores the myths, morals and make-up of global cocaine culture, beginning with the socio-historical divisions between cocaine and the coca plant, Erythroxylum coca. We will follow cocaine from its humble origins in the Andes Mountains through a vast matrix of biogeographical, socio-political and artistic configurations, all the while asking what kinds of political, cultural and ecological conditions facilitated its global reach. Topics covered will include the geographical imaginaries of development in Peru's Huallaga Valley, once the world's premiere source of cocaine paste; the course and contradictions of U.S. drug policy through the twentieth century; and cocaine-related cultural productions such as the Mexican narcodrama.