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

Summer 2003

GOV s328L • Introduction to Latin American Government and Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85525 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
BUR 208

Course Description

This is an introductory course that deals with the politics of Latin America. It assumes no prior coursework in the area, and does not require a reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. It presents a brief historical overview of the region as well as a discussion on current social and economic problems. It then develops four basic political models that have endured over time - democracy, populism, authoritarianism (military rule), and revolution - and looks at case studies of each of these models and examines the benefits and costs of each model in comparison with the others. More time is spent on democracy, but the other three are also analyzed. The las part of the course deals with US-Latin American relations.

Grading Policy

2 in-class exams (short answer/essay): 30% each 1 in-class final: 40% optional extra paper


This is a tentative list. Skidmore and Smith, Modern Latin America Green, Faces of Latin America Duplicated materials Other texts to be decided


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