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Title: INTS 273-01, Government and Politics of Latin America, Fall 2009
Authors: Risley, Amy
Keywords: International Studies, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2009 Fall
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2009
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN;10318
Abstract: This course introduces students to patterns of continuity and change in Latin American politics. We will analyze the origins and consequences of military rule, the process of democratization, and the dynamics of populism, as well as the politics of gender, class, and ethnicity, among other issues. We also examine the political implications of the region‟s persistent poverty and inequality. The overarching goal of the course is to deepen your understanding of the most urgent challenges of contemporary Latin American politics: consolidating democracy, protecting human rights, and striving toward economic development and social justice. Although the course is organized thematically, we will explore each set of topics with reference to specific countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. You also have the opportunity to do independent research on a country/issue of your choosing. Throughout the semester, you will become familiar with conceptual and theoretical frameworks that scholars use to interpret political realities in the region; in addition, you will be exposed to the views of diverse Latin American actors. Participation in this class should enhance your ability to critically evaluate both scholarly and non-academic sources, to build convincing arguments and support them with evidence, and to compare politics in different Latin American countries.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
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