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Latin American Politics

GOVT 302
Spring 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: LAST 302
Certificates: International Relations

This course explores democracy, development, and revolution in Latin America, with special attention to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Questions to be addressed include, Why has Argentina lurched 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 contemporary democracies? What accounts for the success or failure of attempted social revolutions in Latin America? Why did postrevolutionary Cuba wind up with a more centrally-planned economy and a more authoritarian political system than postrevolutionary Nicaragua? How much progress has each of these countries made toward creating a more affluent, educated, healthy, and equitable society?

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)

Last Updated on JUN-19-2024
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