3360 (2) - Pol. Sci. 3360A/5360A Politics in Latin America...

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Pol. Sci. 3360A/5360A Politics in Latin America Robert Finbow Phone: 494-6606 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar surveys Latin America’s search for democracy and stability from colonial to contemporary times. Students first examine political history and development, focusing on the colonial inheritance and foreign intervention. The course then examines political structures and values, the authoritarian presidency, military politicization, party competition and electoral politics. State-society relations are then discussed, including the role of women and indigenous peoples. The course concludes by examining prospects for democratization and liberalization in the contemporary era of globalization, and the implications for scholarly interpretations. STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS : Undergraduate students will be expected to volunteer for one assignment as presenters to make up 20% of the final grade. Graduate students will be expected to do two presentations worth 10% each for 20% . Presentations should focus on the principal themes of the assigned articles organized around the topics distributed to the class. Each week we will cover 2 debate themes each taking one half of the seminar. Students should meet prior to the class to work out who will present on each side of each debate question to ensure that differing views are covered on both topics. Presentations should not exceed 10 minutes each in length. Presenters should avoid reading their papers and should instead highlight a few key points . Presenters should submit a written version of their presentation to the professor each week at the start of class before they present. (Points will be deducted for essays submitted after the presentation). Presenters should coordinate their participation before class, to ensure that all assigned readings are covered and the debate topics are thoroughly explored. The presentation must be based on a thorough reading of the required articles . The presentations are NOT article summaries but should involve a reasoned argument on the assigned themes. Graduates should use some recommended as well as required readings for their presentations. Students are expected to attend regularly and participate in other weeks for 10%. Any student missing more than TWO classes without a valid medical or compassionate excuse will receive no participation mark . An essay proposal with outline and annotated bibliography , due on October 15 , will be worth 10% . Students can choose their own essay topic, but it must be on Latin American domestic politics and they receive prior approval of the instructor. A list of suggested topics will be distributed in class. The research essay of 10 -12 pages for undergraduates and 15-20 pages for graduates , due on November 26, is worth 30% . ALL essay assignments and presentation papers must be submitted formally to the
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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3360 (2) - Pol. Sci. 3360A/5360A Politics in Latin America...

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