LAS 337M • 5-INTRO TO LAT AMER GOV & POL
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course assumes no prior knowledge of Latin America or of its politics. It opens with a brief introduction to Latin America, including its geography, history and socio-economic characteristics. It then develops a scheme of four basic political questions and four historical models that have been present in the area to address thses questions. It then moves on to case studies of various countries and how they have attempted to address these questions, successfully and otherwise. There are two mid-term exams and a final; each counts a third of the grade. There is also the opportunity to do an extra credit research paper that counts the same as a mid-term, but which is not a replacement for an exam. Exams are short answer and essay in form.
Blake, Latin American Politics (2005) Kryzanek, US-Latin American Relations Green, Faces of Latin America (2005) A packet of duplicated readings