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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2005

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36235 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BUR 130
RISLEY

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. Offered on a letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. This course will introduce students to the evolution of U.S.–Latin American relations and their consequences for democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. The first segment of the course addresses U.S. involvement in Central and South America during the Cold War and its effects on democracy and human rights. We also analyze the promotion of democracy during the post-Cold War “Age of Uncertainty.” In the second half of the semester, we will turn to inter-American economic and social relations and discuss immigration, market reforms, and trade. Throughout the term, we consider a variety of perspectives from the U.S. and Latin America. In addition to examining the behavior of states, we investigate non-state actors involved in inter-American affairs, such as international organizations, multinational corporations, and activists. We also discuss the many political instruments — arms, money, ideas, etc. — that these actors use. This course seeks to challenge and improve your understanding of the politics of U.S.–Latin American relations and international affairs more broadly. By the end of the semester, you should be better able to critically evaluate U.S. foreign policy, express and support your own positions on these issues, and assess media coverage of current events in Latin America.

Grading Policy

The grade for this class is based on two exams (comprising essay and short answer questions), an essay assignment, and several in-class exercises.

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