(POL369B – Spring)
Credits: 15 credits
Compulsory for: None
Associate availability: Full year and Spring students
Students will survey the major theoretical approaches to understanding Latin American politics and political economy. The module is designed to provide an introduction to the region from the end of the Second World War until the present day, with some introductory historical context going further back in time. The course aims to put the politics of Latin America in the broader perspective of comparative politics, international relations, and international political economy. It will help students to develop a broad understanding of how contemporary Latin America has evolved since 1945 and to identify and examine the key issues dominating politics in the region and its relationship to international politics and the global political economy. It will deal with major contemporary themes such as political economy, neoliberalism and 'post-neoliberalism', social movements, gender and ethnicity, the rise of the new Latin American Left, and the relationship between Latin America and the US.
Assessment: 1 x 1,000 word Short Essay (30%), 1 x 3,500 word Research Essay (70%)