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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38675 MW
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
WAG 101
PAR 308

Course Description

This course will analyze the origins and consequences of U.S. policies toward Latin America. The first third of the course provides some basic background on U.S.-Latin American relations. We will identify the main actors in U.S. policymaking in the region, discuss different theories that seek to explain U.S.-Latin American relations, and examine the history of U.S.-Latin American relations from the colonial period to World War II. The second part of the course will deal with U.S.-Latin American relations during the Cold War, from 1945 to 1990. The topics examined here will include the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs, U.S. support for South American military regimes, and U.S. policy toward guerrilla movements in Central America. The final section of the course will examine current issues in U.S.-Latin American relations, including trade, immigration, narcotics and the promotion of human rights and democracy.

Fulfills half of the legislative requirement for government (three of six credit hours).

Grading Policy

3 in-class examinations (30% each)

Participation in discussion sections (10%)


Danner, Mark. The Massacre at El Mozote. New York: Vintage Books, 1994. DeSipio, Louis, and Rodolfo O. de la Garza. Making Americans, Remaking America: Immigration and Immigrant Policy. Boulder: Westview Press, 1998. Kennedy, Robert. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: W. W. Norton and Co. 1999. Smith, Peter. Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1996.


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