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

Summer 2007

GOV F328L • Introduction to Latin American Government & Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
86040 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
MEZ B0.306
DIETZ

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the politics of Latin America. It begins with an overview of the region's history, geography and social conditions, and then moves into an identification of four basic questions of politics and the historical answers to those questions in Latin America. It then examines several case studies of the tensions that develop as different groups offers differing answers to these questions. The third part of the course is a brief examination of US-Latin American relations. The course presumes no prior knowledge of Latin America or of Spanish or Portuguese.

Grading Policy

Three exams - two mid-terms and a final. These are non-cumulative exams. All consist of some short answer questions and an essay.

Texts

To be decided; probably Blake, Politics in Latin America, and at least two others.

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