Globalization, Democracy, and Social Change in the Americas|
Spring 2011 not offered
AMST 263, LAST 250|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations|
This course will examine various perspectives on the relationship between globalization and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among the central questions we will try to answer are: What is the meaning of democracy when, in the context of a hierarchical global economic system, the ability of citizens of less developed or less powerful nation-states to determine the agenda of their nation-states is usurped by social actors (governments, international organizations, or multinational corporations) who are neither citizens nor accountable to the demos of those nation-states? And what are the limits of such practices on the ability of the citizens of the regional countries to effect social change to deal with social injustices and the inequalities between rich and poor countries, and rich and poor classes? We will consider these issues by looking at several case studies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)
Selected readings by David Held, Ronaldo Munck, Fred Halliday, Joseph Stiglitz, Immanuel Wallerstein, Barbara Stallings, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, John Stevens, and Evelyne Huber Stephens, Adam Przeworski, and Duncan Green, as well as readings on several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
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Three 8 page take-home essays, or one take-home essay and a 12-15 page research paper.
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