20th Century Latin American History

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Course Description

  • Course Name

    20th Century Latin American History

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

  • Location

    Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

  • Area of Study

    History, Latin American Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    High Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

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



    1. Distinguish some of the central problems of Latin America?s political evolution, considering structural aspects as well as the specificities of national issues.

    2. Train students in methodological foci of Latin American history, and develop analysis and critique skills, as well as a foundation of concepts related to the subject.


    1. Central problems and tendencies in Latin America?s political evolution.
    a) Conceptual aspects about a political topic and its transformations
    b) Structural aspects and change-promoting agents
    c) Populism and Democracy
    d) Latin American Revolutions. Case studies.

    2. Development and Modernization
    a) Crisis of the developmental model of raw material export
    b) Industrialization processes and discussion about sustainable development
    c) Exhaustion of the developmental models from within and the application of Neo-liberal models.

    3. Crisis of ?State of Compromise? to re-democratization of the 1980?s
    a) New military professionalism and the new authoritarianism
    b) Theoretical problems regarding transition and democratic consolidation
    c) Politics in Latin American literature

    4. Latin America in an international context
    a) The United States and Latin America
    b) Processes of Integration


    This class focuses on developing comprehension and analysis of structural phenomenon that have given way to Latin American reality. Required for this course is the utilization of interdisciplinary methodologies, such as:

    1. Investigational methods through the study of recent historical phenomena
    2. Socialization of information through debates; focus on problem analysis
    3. Workshops. Presentation of theoretical and interdisciplinary aspects. Search and analysis of sources.


    Bethell, L., Historia de América Latina, editorial Crítica, Barcelona, 1990

    Collier, D. El nuevo autoritarismo en América Latina, editorial Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 1994.

    Faletto, Cardoso, Dependencia y desarrollo en América Latina, editorial Siglo XXI. México, 1971.

    Halperin, T. Historia Contemporánea de América Latina, editorial Alianza, Madrid, 1983.

    O?Donnell, et.al., Transición desde un Régimen Autoritario, editorial Paidos, Buenos Aires, 1988.

    Mols, M. El Estado en América Latina, editorial Ciedla, Buenos Aires, 1995.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.


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