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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
38690 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 1.306

Course Description

This course provides an introduction and overview of U.S.- Mexico relations during the 20th century, with a particular focus on contemporary issues. The first part of the course focuses on Mexico's domestic politics so that students can get acquainted with basic political actors and economic issues. Then the course will turn to three major issues in U.S.- Mexico realations: economic integration and NAFTA, immigration, and security/drugs. No prior knowledge of Mexico or U.S. - Mexico relations is presumed.

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

Grading Policy

Grades will be computed in the following manner:

Midterm 1 30%
Midterm 2 in-class portion 20%
Midterm 2 take-home portion 20%
Final Exam 30%


In addition to lectures, this course will have Supplemental Instruction (SI) sections led by Mandi Boyd. These meetings are voluntary and are designed to 1) allow you to discuss the material for remedial or advanced purposes, and 2) have closer contact with an instructor in a small group setting. Readings: Course readings are available in two required books available for purchase at the University Coop on Guadalupe and a required course packet available for purchase at Speedway Copy in the Dobie Mall. Daniel C. Levy and Kathleen Bruhn, Mexico: The Struggle for Democratic Development. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2001. Peter Andreas, Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2000. Two copies of the required course packet will be put on reserve at UGL.


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