LAS 384L • LATIN AMER POL: THEORET PERPECTIVE
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
This graduate level course will explore recent theoretical writings on Latin American politics. The aims of this course are three-fold: 1) To acquaint students with some of the most important recent analyses of Latin American politics; 2) To teach students how to design and evaluate theoretically-oriented research; and 3) To train students to carry out several types of writing assignments that political scientists are frequently required to perform. The course is divided into three sections. The first section of the course explores the determinants of Latin American political development. The second section analyzes the performance of political institutions in Latin America in recent decades. The third and final section of the course examines the causes and consequences of recent policy changes in the region.
4-5 page book review (15% of grade) 8-10 page book review essay (25%) 3-4 page article review (15%) 10-15 page research proposal (35%) Class participation (15%)
Ruth Berins Collier and David Collier. Shaping the Political Arena: Critical Junctures, the Labor Movement, and Regime Dynamics in Latin America (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.) Others to be decided