LAS 310 • CRIME/VIOLENCE IN URB LAT AMER
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Course Description This course explores the reasons for rising levels of crime and violence in cities throughout Latin America. It reviews the statistics on crime and violence and their shortcomings. It considers relevant local factors such as poverty and lack of job opportunities as well as general factors, such as the changing nature of the drug trade and forced return migration. Other factors taken into account are patterns of urban residential segregation, including the impact of gated communities and the organization of low-income areas, such as favelas in Brazil or of spatially isolated poor neighborhoods in cities such as Lima and Guatemala. The course also considers the adequacy of police and judicial institutions to handle crime and violence and initiatives to remedy these through reform and local community initiatives. The course will make use of videos that examine the various facets of urban crime and violence in Latin America. Caroline O.N. Moser and Cathy McIlwaine, Encounters with violence in Latin America : urban poor perceptions from Columbia and Guatemala Citizens of Fear: urban violence in Latin America, edited by Susana Rotker Robert L. Ayres., Crime and violence as development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean
Grading Policy There will be two in-class exams, each of which will contribute 30% to the final grade. The in class exams will consist in multiple choice questions and some short answer questions. There will be an individual assignment consisting of a short report on a video concerning political violence, which will contribute 10% to the final grade. There will be a final report of c. 2000 words due on last class day that will contribute 30% to the final grade.