GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. Central America's location in the United States' "own backyard" has shaped the region's history. This course will examine the relationship between the United States and Central America. We will pay close attention to the effects of U. S. foreign policy on the region, as well as to Central American views of U. S. foreign policy, in order to analyze central questions such as: did U. S. intervention help or hinder the development of democracy in Central America? Key moments in the history of the United States-Central America relationship, such as the contra war in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and the invasion of Panama in 1990, will receive special attention. Other important areas of contemporary U. S.-Central America relations will also be analyzed, such as Central American immigration to the U. S., efforts to promote NAFTA-like economic integration, the central role played by remittances from Central Americans living in the U. S. in the economies of Central America, and drug trafficking.
Grades will be assessed based on three in-class examinations (worth 30% each) and class participation (10%).
W.L. Grande, Our Own Backyard: The U.S. in Central America C. Vilas, Between Earthquakes and Volcanoes T.P. Anderson, Politics in Central America