GOV 328L • Introduction to Latin American Government and Politics
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Upper-division standing required. Government 328L is an introductory course to the politics of Latin America. It assumes no prior knowledge of the region, nor does it require any knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. It does expect an open mind about how politics works, since much of the course will not be familiar to those of you whose experiences and knowledge of politics are based on the United States. We begin with some introductory materials dealing first with the geography and history of the region, and then with some economic characteristics. We then cover the major actors in the political arena, identify four basic models of politics, and then conclude with an examination of US-Latin American relations,.
328L/337M is an overview course, and cannot cover every topic of interest or of relevance to the region. In addition, the course does not pretend to invesitgate any single nation in depth. The course does mover fairly quickly, however, and while the quantity of reading material is not great, I will expect you to know the assigned materials thoroughly. Therefore, it is an excellent idea to keep up with the readings.
2 midterms; each midterm is composed of short answers and an essay question Final Exam Each of these will count for about one third of the final grade.
Skidmore and Smith, Modern Latin America, 5th edition Duncan Green, Faces of Latin America, 2nd edition Michael Kryzanek, US-Latin American Relations, 3rd edition Course packet of duplicated materials