Skip Navigation
UT wordmark
College of Liberal Arts wordmark
government masthead
Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39095 MW
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.306
SZB 240

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for Government. 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.

Grading Policy

2 in-class examinations with multiple choice and essay questions (30% each) 1 in-class examination with multiple choice questions only (15%) 1 5-6 page policy research paper (15%) Participation in discussion sections (10%)


Danner, Mark. The Massacre at El Mozote. New York: Vintage Books, 1994. Kennedy, Robert. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: W. W. Norton and Co. 1999. Weeks, Gregory. U.S. and Latin American Relations. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2008.


bottom border