The purpose of this course is
to familiarize the student with the politics and culture of Latin America
and in the process, provide a base knowledge from which analysis and
comparisons can be made. The course is essentially comparative in orientation.
The primary focus of the course will be understanding problems of economic
and political development and studying institutions such as the state,
the military and the church in order to provide a basis for identifying
similarities and appreciating differences within Latin America itself.
We build on these broader issues by focusing on the political, socioeconomic,
and cultural realities of particular countries in the region. We will
evaluate alternative frameworks for social, political and economic change,
and democracy in the continent as a whole and individual countries in
*Note: This course
satisfies the Global Learning International requirement.