GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. Central America's location in the United States' own back yard 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. Did the United States intervention help or hinder the development of democracy in Central America? Key moments in history of the U. S. - Central America relationship, such as the contra war in Nicaragua during the 1980s, anf 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 immigration from Central America 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, drug trafficking, and the impact of U. S. cultural styles on Central American youth.