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

Spring 2010

GOV 328L • Introduction to Latin American Government and Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38790 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ B0.306
Madrid, R

Course Description

This course will provide a broad introduction to the changing politics of the region. We will explore the causes and consequences of the political and economic changes that have swept Latin America during the last century. We will examine why Latin American countries have shifted from free market policies to widespread state intervention and then back again. We will analyze the cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule in the region and their implications for the welfare of Latin American citizens. And we will discuss of the most important contemporary economic, social and political challenges facing countries of the region. The course will focus on trends affecting Latin America as a whole, but some lectures and readings will examine how these trends played out in individual countries in the region.

Grading Policy

1st examination: 30% 2nd examination: 30% 3rd examination: 15% Short (5-6 page) research paper: 15% Six pop quizzes: 10%


Hillman, Richard S., ed. Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005. 3rd Edition. Smith, Peter H. Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2006. 3rd Edition. A course packet of additional readings


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