Intro to Latin American Politics Syllabus

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GOV 328L (38800)/LAS 337M (40610) INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS Fall 2014 – WEL 2.308 Office: Batts 3.124 Professor Henry Dietz - [email protected] Office hours: TU 10-12; Wed 9-12 Teaching assistants: Alex Branham Kate Layton Government 328L is an introductory course to the politics of Latin America. It assumes no prior knowledge of the region, nor does it require any knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. It does expect an open mind about how politics works, since much of the course will not be familiar to those of you whose experiences and knowledge of politics are based on the United States. We begin with some introductory materials dealing first with the geography and history of the region, and then with some economic characteristics. We then cover the major actors in the political arena, identify four basic models of politics, and then conclude with an examination of US-Latin American relations. 328L/337M is an overview course, and cannot cover every topic of interest or of relevance to the region. In addition, the course does not pretend to investigate any single nation in depth. The course does move along quickly, and while the quantity of reading material is not great, I will expect you to know the assigned materials thoroughly. Therefore, it is an excellent idea to keep up with the readings. There are two mid-terms and a final exam; each is composed of short answers and an essay question.
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