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

Spring 2004

LAS 337M • 5-INTRO TO LAT AMER GOV & POL

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36510 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CAL 100
MADRID

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. Students will have the option of taking three in-class examinations or taking two in-class examinations and writing one short research paper.

Grading Policy

1st examination: 40% 2nd examination: 30% 3rd examination or short (5-6 page) research paper: 30%

Texts

Vanden, Harry E. and Gary Prevost. 2002. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game. New York: Oxford University Press. Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 1999.

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