GOV 328L • Introduction to Latin American Government and Politics
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
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 the roots of shifting economic policies, the causes of cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule, and the contemporary economic, social, and political challenges facing countries of the region. This 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.
Students will have the option of taking three in-class examinations or taking two in-class examinations and writing one short research paper. 1st exam: 40% 2nd exam: 30% 3rd exam or short (5-6 page) research paper: 30%
Dominguez, Jorge, and Michael Shifter, eds. "Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America." Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. Haggard, Stephan, and Robert L. Kaufman. "The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995. Hillman, Richard S., ed. "Understanding Contemporary Latin America." Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001. 2nd edition.