Latin American Politics (Poli362)
Offered alternating fall semesters | Up next, Fall 2013: MWF 10:20-11:20am
Prerequisites: Poli214, Poli218 or any LAS class
This course offers a broad overview of critical themes in Latin American politics. Topics may include: race, ethnicity and national identity formations; neoliberalism and development; revolution and political change; memory work and reconciliation after violence.
Pedagogy includes discussion, exams, and a final paper based on either independent research or sustained community engagement (minimum 20 hours working with a local organization engaged in Latin@ politics).
Texts include movies, scholarly articles and three books:
Oil, neoliberalism and indigenous politics in Ecuador (Sawyer 2004)
Former plantation owners try to make sense of the Zapatista uprising in Mexico (Bobrow-Strain 2007)
Harvest of Empire
Historical production of Latinidad and the borders of the Américas