This seminar examines patterns of political and economic change in Latin America over the course of the twentieth century. Readings focus on industrialization and the advent of populism, the collapse of democracy and the rise of bureaucratic authoritarian regimes during the 1960s and 1970s, and democratization. The course concludes with an examination of the consolidation of democracy and economic liberalization in recent decades. Readings will focus on five country cases: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. Discussions will frame the Latin American cases in terms of broader debates in comparative politics.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.
This junior seminar falls within the Comparative Politics subfield, and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS. Selection and notification will occur around August 9, 2010