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Latin American Politics

GOVT 302
Fall 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 302
Certificates: International Relations

This course explores democratization, revolution, and poverty in Latin America, with special attention to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Questions to be addressed include: Why does Argentina lurch periodically from free-wheeling democracy to murderous military rule? Why is authoritarianism usually less harsh - but democracy often more shallow - in Brazil than in Argentina? How democratic are Latin America's new democracies? Why did postrevolutionary Cuba wind up with a more centrally-planned economy and a more authoritarian political system than postrevolutionary Nicaragua? Which Latin American countries have been most successful at poverty reduction, and what accounts for their success?

Essential Capabilities: Quantitative Reasoning
The course will draw heavily on quantitative data and quantitative methods. Coursework will involve, for example, interpreting the Gini coefficient of income inequality, evaluating quantitative indicators of democracy, calculating progress at reducing infant mortality, and using model life tables to estimate life expectancy.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(CIVI-MN)(EDST)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(HRAD-MN)(LAST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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