GOV 337M • Politics, Economy, and Society of Contemporary Brazil
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course will examine some of the major economic, political, and sociological developments of Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries. It will concentrate on the broad themes of state-led industrialization and economic management; the alternation of authoritarian politics and democratic government; and the multiple challenges brought on by high levels of social inequality in the country. More specifically, economic topics include recent moves toward increased globalization and the tapping of Amazonian resources. Political topics to be covered include the institutions that allow elites to retain power and privilege. Sociological subjects include the high rates of crime and related challenges that have arisen from the pursuit of a development model that has led to extreme concentrations of wealth and record levels of income inequality. Occasional comparative reference will be made to the United States, which shares with Brazil its continental size, federal form of government, and history of slavery.
Assignments will consist of two examinations and a research paper.