This class was tough.
If you feel passionate about the many issues that plague latin america, their historical precedent, and the impact globalization has on this region, this is your dream course. For the semester you will be delving into the nitty gritty aspects of latin american politics, the impact of different ideologies on the region, the consequences of international intervention and the repercussions of seemingly unrelated immigration policies in other countries. Professor Arrarás is considered to be at the top of her field with heavy emphasis on Latin America and Comparative politics.
The way the course was structured was that of a timeline, beginning with the discovery of the Americas. You study the geopolitical divisions, the many factors that went into the Spanish-Portuguese negotiations of land treaties and the time of the colony. You then move on to specific events in time such as the industrial revolution, the Mexican-American War, the surge of Cuba, the impact of US foreign policies, treaties of any and all kinds, European meddling in the region, WWII, etc. Finally the course inspects case studies for specific nations that have had regional repercussions, such as the Mara Salvatrucha, the Salvadorian crime organization. All in all, it is an incredibly comprehensive course.
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Advice for students:
The exams for this course are no joke, start studying as soon as the guides come out. This particular professor loves verbatim responses. Consider investing in a recorder. Attendance is important. You will depend heavily on the written paper to get an A on this course.