I had absolutely no choice but to take three of his classes for my major and hated each class with a passion. He cannot lecture to save his life. He just starts talking and there is no true purpose to what he says. Believe me, you will learn nothing in his classes, and to make matters worse, he doesn't even stay within the geographical area he's meant to teach about. The films he shows are stupid. The tests are a disgrace and his grades are based on whether or not the TAs like you. I'm sorry to those that endure him because they have no choice. Hopefully you don't come away hating Latin America for it.
This professor shouldn't teach. Altough he is very knowledgable and has decades of experience, he is never available to students, isn't concerned about our learning, and definitely can't express his passion for the subject. He dumped lectures on the guest speaker (each class) and interraction with students on TAs, which also had to record attendance of the office hours. During the entire winter quarter, he has spend less than 10 hours total in the classroom with us.