Contemporary Challenges in Latin American Politics|
|Certificates: International Relations|
Latin America's contemporary challenges include corruption, crime, economic woes, social policy shortcomings, populism, declining political trust, the erosion of fragile democracies, and the political underrepresentation of women and minority groups. This course examines the historical legacies, international influences, and social-structural factors that shape and constrain how Latin American citizens and governments are responding to these challenges. Weekly readings and discussions, along with a succession of analytic exercises, will prepare students to write a research paper on a Latin American politics topic of their choice.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Most readings will be journal articles or chapters in anthologies. Two books will be assigned:
Reid, Michael. 2009. FORGOTTEN CONTINENT: THE BATTLE FOR LATIN AMERICA'S SOUL. New Haven: Yale University Pres.
Smith, Peter H. and Cameron J. Sells. 2017. DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class participation, map quiz, session discussion leader, research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The Michael Reid book will be available to students electronically.
More information on Professor Senters' background and research interests is available at http://www.kellysenters.org
|Instructor(s): Senters,Kelly Times: ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 3||SO: 0||FR: X|