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LAS6938SP11 - University of Florida Dept of Food Resource...

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1 University of Florida Spring 2011 Dept. of Food & Resource Economics AEB 6933 (sect.0999)/ Center for Latin American Studies LAS 6938 (sect. 4307) Prof. Carmen Diana Deere Office Hours: Tues. 1:30- Grinter 305 2:30; Thurs 2:30-3:30 & Tel: 273-4731 by appointment [email protected] Economic Development of Latin America This course provides an overview of the economic history of Latin America and the history of thought about Latin American development problems. It also surveys selected contemporary issues and debates, highlighting the challenges of attaining growth, equity, and sustainable development. The goal of the course is to deepen students‟ understanding of the Latin American development process through an historical perspective. We thus focus on the Big Questions: Why the gap in income per head between the U.S. and Latin America? Why has sustained economic growth, particularly growth with equity, been so difficult to achieve irrespective of the model of development? Moreover, are current development strategies informed by the record of the past? Are there new opportunities and constraints? What is novel in development thinking in the current period? The specific course objectives include enhancing students‟ analytical, research and writing skills. The course combines lectures, discussion and student presentations. Course Requirements (see Appendix) 1. Class attendance and participation (15% of final grade) 2. Critical review of an article, to be presented in class (10%) 3. In-class midterm exam (25%) 4. An issues brief, to be presented in class (25%) 5. Take-home final exam (25%) University Policies Please consult the following links for information on UF grading policies, how to request accommodation for disabilities, and University policies on academic honesty. Please remember that students are responsible for knowing what constitutes plagiarism and avoiding it. http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/regulationgrades.html http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/ http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/academic.php
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2 Readings The following texts are available for purchase at the University Bookstore: Patrice Franko. The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development , 3 rd ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Victor Bulmer-Thomas. The Economic History of Latin America since Independence , 2 nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Unless otherwise noted, the required readings (*) are available through Smathers Libraries Course Reserves. Please sign up for ARES as soon as possible. Reading List Section 1: Introduction and Overview (Jan. 11, 13) *Franko, chpt. 1. *Bulmer-Thomas, chpt. 1. *Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth Soko loff, “Factor Endowments, Institutions, and Differential Paths of Growth among New World Economies,” chpt. 10 in Stephen Haber (ed.), How Latin America Fell Behind: Essays on the Economic Histories of Brazil and Mexico (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 1997).
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