FIU_INR_of_LA_Syllabus_for_Spring_2011_MMC - INTERNATIONAL...

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1 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF LATIN AMERICA Instructor: Brian P. Fonseca Email: / Skype: BrianPFonseca Location: Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus, PG5 Market Station 153 Time: Spring 2011 Saturdays 8:00AM – 10:45AM Office Hours: By Appointment / Office Telephone: 305.348.2330 Course Objectives and Description The objective of this general survey course is to introduce students to some fundamental theories, concepts, perspectives, and issues that define and inform the study of the international relations of Latin America. Latin America is an exceptionally diverse region; the countries that comprise the region are politically, economically, socially, ethnically, racially, and geographically heterogeneous. This course examines Latin American politics and international relations by focusing on systemic, structural, security, and cultural macroscopic themes and issues. In order to accomplish this task, basic general principles of area studies, security studies, strategic culture, and international relations will be explored, complemented by in-depth discussion of regional political and strategic culture and history amongst Latin American states, and how culture and history have contributed to forming/shaping the international policies, security perceptions, and politics of modern Latin American states. The course will utilize select empirical case studies to provide examples of the basic principles, culture, and history that define and inform the region. Required Course Readings 1. Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter H. Smith and James N. Green. Modern Latin America , Oxford University Press, Seventh Edition, 2010 Recommended Readings for Latin American Scholars 1. Brands, Hal. Latin America’s Cold War , Harvard University Press, 2010 2. Joseph S. Tulchin and Ralph H. Espach, Latin America in the New International System , Lynne Rienner Press, 2000 3. , Lynne Rienner Press, 2009 4. Robert Jervis, Perception and Misperception in International Politics , Princeton University Press, 1976
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2 Course Requirements & Grading Policy Academic Dishonesty. All work for this course must be the student’s own. Please refer to the Student Handbook, FIU Undergraduate Honor Code. Anyone found cheating/ plagiarizing will receive an “F” (fail) for the course, and may be reported to the administration and be subjected to further serious penalties (including dismissal from the university). Issues of ethics aside, the “costs” of engaging in academic dishonesty and getting caught outweigh any so-called “gains.” Attendance/Class Etiquette. For the most part attendance is not mandatory; however, you are required to attend all guest lectures . In addition to the speakers scheduled, there may be other guest lecturers. All guest lecturers will be announce in class, via email and on the course website. DO NOT MISS A GUEST LECTURE. Missing more than 25
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