Contemporary Politics of Latin America

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Politics of Latin America

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, Latin American Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to the politics of Latin America. It presumes little or no knowledge of the region but promises that students who take this module will begin to understand some of the principal structural features of the region development and some of the principal political and social forces whose interactions help account for the way the region has changed since independence in the early 19th century. Throughout the course students will examine how particular economic and political outcomes have been derived. To achieve this, the course focuses on political, economic and social actors and how they interact not just within the region but also within the structural features of the international economy. Students are expected to attend class, contribute during class and utilize the online resources.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the political and economic development of Latin America since independence
    2. Understand and differentiate between the four major periods of Latin American political development
    3. Be cognisant of the major structural and institutional constraints which actors face in Latin America today
    4. Critically analyse contemporary politics in Latin America
    5. Critically engage with the major academic literature on contemporary Latin American politics