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

Spring 2008

LAS 337M • INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40975 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
MEZ B0.306

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. 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. 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.

Grading Policy

1st examination: 35% 2nd examination: 35% 3rd examination: 15% Short (5-6 page) research paper: 15%

Texts

Hillman, Richard S., ed. Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005. 3rd Edition. Smith, Peter H. Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 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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