This course will focus on the study of 20th century Latin American politics and government. The vacillation between authoritarianism and democracy will be examined, as well as the role of revolutionary change in the region. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Comprehend some of the contemporary political problems affecting the region while gaining Latin American perspectives on political trends and movements.
- Analyze certain political, social and economic trends that affect the region as a whole.
- Examine the particular ways that some of these issues manifest themselves within specific countries.
- Identify different regime types in Latin America.
- Examine key forces and actors in Latin American politics.
- Identify and comprehend the major issues in Latin American politics.
- Understand the process of democratization in Latin America.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Case Study Paper (Week 7)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)
- Close, David. (2017). Latin American Politics. University of Toronto Press. ISBN-13: 9781442636927
- Isbester, Katherine. (2011). Paradox of Democracy in Latin America. University of Toronto Press. ISBN-13: 9781442601802
- Skidmore, Thomas. (2014). Modern Latin America. 8th ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN 13: 9780199929238
- Winn, Peter (2006). Americas: Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean (3rd Edition). University of California Press ISBN-10: 0520245016 or ISBN-13: 9780520245013
- Hillman, Roger. Understanding Contemporary Latin America (2nd Edition). ISBN-10: 1555878571
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Topic: Introduction to Latin American Politics and Government
Topic: The Major South American Countries
Topic: South American Countries Continues
Topic: Revolution and Reform
Topic: Latin America in the Caribbean
Topic: Central America: Turmoil and Transformation
Topic: Areas of Special Concern
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