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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Raul L. Madrid

Professor Ph.D., Stanford University

Professor, Department of Government
Raul L. Madrid

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Interests

Latin American politics; comparative ethnic politics; comparative social policy; democratization

LAS 337M • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Pol

40903 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 328L )
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Course Description:

 

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. The course will examine why Latin American countries have shifted from free market policies to widespread state intervention and then back again. It will analyze the cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule in the region and their implications for the welfare of Latin American citizens. And it will discuss some of the most important contemporary economic, social and political challenges facing countries of the region.  The course will focus on trends affecting Latin America as a whole, but some lectures and readings will examine how these trends played out in specific countries of the region.

 

Prerequisites:

 

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government

 

Grading:

 

1st examination: 30%

2nd examination: 30%

3rd examination: 15%

Short (5-6 page) research paper: 15%

Pop quizzes: 10%

 

Texts:

 

Hillman, Richard S. and Thomas D’Agostino, ed. Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.  4th Edition.

 

Smith, Peter H. Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 2nd Edition.

 

Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2006. 3rd Edition.

 

A course packet of additional readings

 

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LAS 337M • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Polit

40395 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WEL 2.304
(also listed as GOV 328L, URB 350 )
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Prerequisites:

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government

 

Course Description:

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. The course will examine why Latin American countries have shifted from free market policies to widespread state intervention and then back again. It will analyze the cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule in the region and their implications for the welfare of Latin American citizens. And it will discuss some of the most important contemporary economic, social and political challenges facing countries of the region.  The course will focus on trends affecting Latin America as a whole, but some lectures and readings will examine how these trends played out in specific countries of the region.

 

Grading Policy:

1st examination: 30%

2nd examination: 30%

3rd examination: 15%

Short (5-6 page) research paper: 15%

Pop quizzes: 10%

 

Texts:

Hillman, Richard S. and Thomas D’Agostino, ed. Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.  4th Edition.

Smith, Peter H. Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 2nd Edition.

Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2006. 3rd Edition.

A course packet of additional readings

LAS 337M • Polit Of Devel In Latin Amer

40218 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CBA 4.348
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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This writing component course will examine the struggle for development in Latin America.  In the first part of the course, we will examine critically some of the major theories of development.  We will then analyze some theories that aim at explaining why Latin America has not developed as rapidly as some other parts of the world. In the final section of the course, we will examine some of the major development challenges that Latin America faces.

LAS 337M • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Polit

40235 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 328L, URB 350 )
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Course Description:

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. The course will examine why Latin American countries have shifted from free market policies to widespread state intervention and then back again. It will analyze the cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule in the region and their implications for the welfare of Latin American citizens. And it will discuss some of the most important contemporary economic, social and political challenges facing countries of the region.  The course will focus on trends affecting Latin America as a whole, but some lectures and readings will examine how these trends played out in specific countries of the region.

Prerequisites:

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government

Grading:

1st examination: 30%

2nd examination: 30%

3rd examination: 15%

Short (5-6 page) research paper: 15%

Pop quizzes: 10%

Texts:

Hillman, Richard S. and Thomas D’Agostino, ed. Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.  4th Edition.

Smith, Peter H. Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 2nd Edition.

Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2006. 3rd Edition.

A course packet of additional readings

LAS 337M • Polit Of Devel In Latin Amer

40534 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BAT 5.102
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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This writing component course will examine the struggle for development in Latin America during the last century. In the first part of the course, we will examine critically some of the major theories of development. We will then assess how well these, and other, theories explain economic and political outcomes in Latin America. In the final section of the course, we will examine some of the major development challenges that Latin America currently faces.

LAS 337M • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Polit

40550 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 328L, URB 350 )
show description

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 why Latin American countries have shifted from free market policies to widespread state intervention and then back again. We will analyze the cycles of democratic and authoritarian rule in the region and their implications for the welfare of Latin American citizens. And we will discuss of the most important contemporary economic, social and political challenges facing countries of the region.  The 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.

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