Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

  • Location

    Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

  • Area of Study

    History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America
    PIIE 421

    Course Description

    This course will examine Latin America?s political and social development during the 20th century, paying
    particular attention to the Chilean case. Political and social projects were marked by the rise of popular
    movements and by a deeply conflicting social context leading to dictatorships. The beginning of the 21st century
    was marked, in many countries by a transition to democracy.

    The course begins by examining the debate over development and modernity as it has evolved over the course
    of the twentieth century in Latin America. It continues with a close look at revolutions and state socialism in Cuba
    and Chile, before dealing with the issue of ?dirty wars?, dictatorships and human rights violations in the Southern
    Cone. It will then turn to the new era of liberal governance in the 1980s and 1990s and will focus on how these
    new developments have changed the nature of poverty, and brought about or deepened different forms of social
    exclusion. Special attention will be paid to the indigenous world and to the changing role of women in Latin
    America. In the concluding sessions students will become familiar with issues of transitional justice and memory
    and will reflect upon Latin America´s most recent changes in the context of globalization.

    Course Objectives

    Students will have become familiar with historical events and processes of social and political history of Latin
    America and Chile, giving them an understanding of the current social and political reality of Latin America. The
    students will be able to recognize different ideological projects, allowing them to relate these to political and
    social developments. They will have understood the main issues of post-dictatorship and reflect upon the
    meaning of globalization for Latin American societies.

    Course Outline

    1. Development and Modernity
    ? Theoretical Debates in Latin America
    2. Revolutions
    ? The Cuban Revolution
    ? The Chilean Road to Socialism
    3. Latin America´s ?Dirty Wars?
    ? Human Rights violations in the Southern Cone
    ? Central America
    4. Neoliberalism and new poverty and exclusion
    ? The indigenous World
    ? The changing role of women
    5. Transition to Democracy
    ? Truth Commissions
    ? Memory and Justice in Post-dictatorship Chile
    6. Globalization
    ? Effects of Globalization in Latin America

    Required Readings

    ? Angell, Alan (2007), Democracy after Pinochet, London; University of London
    ? Burns, Bradford E. and Julie A.Charlip (2007), Latin America: An Interpretive History
    ? Chasteen, John Charles (2001), Born in Blood and Fire- A concise history of Latin America
    ? Collier, Simon and William Sater. A history of Chile 1808-2002.
    ? Corradi, Juan et al (1992), Fear at the Edge: State Terror and resistance in Latin America
    ? Dore, E. and Molyneux M. (eds), Hidden Histories of Gener and the State in Latin America
    ? Eckstein, Susan (ed.), Power and Popular Protest, Latin American Social Movements
    ? Galeano, Eduardo, The Open Veins of Latin America.
    ? Loveman, Brian (1988), The Legacy of Hispanic Capitalism, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988
    ? Mallon, Florencia, Courage tastes of blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolas Ailío and the Chilean
    State, 1906-2001
    ? Skidmore, Thomas and Peter Smith (1989), Modern Latin America
    ? Valenzuela, Arturo (1978), The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes: Chile
    ? Wilde, Alexander (1999), Irruptions of Memory: Expressive Politics in Chile´s Transition to Democracy.
    Journal of Latin American Studies (1999), 31:473-500
    ? Winn, Peter, Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era, 1973-2002

Course Disclaimer

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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