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

Spring 2010

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38755 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
WEL 1.308

Course Description

The United States and Mexico have always enjoyed (or suffered through) a close relationship. Since the 1980s, this relationship has most clearly played out over the various kinds of cross-border flows, including trade, (im)migration, and drugs. After an extended introduction to Mexico's post-revolutionary political and economic development, we will turn to each of these transnational flows, highlighting both the problems and potential benefits to increasing closeness between the two countries.

Grading Policy

Students will take two midterm exams and a final exam. The midterms will include multiple choice questions and short answers that will require analysis of the material (not simply recall). The final exam will be entirely multiple choice and will be scheduled during finals week. The final grade for the course will be determined as follows: Midterm 1 30% Midterm 2 35% Final Exam 35%


• Daniel C. Levy and Kathleen Bruhn, Mexico: The Struggle for Democratic Development. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, Second edition, 2006. • Peter Andreas, Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2000. • Course packet for purchase at Speedway Copy in the Dobie Mall. Two copies will be on reserve at PCL.


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