Jose A Lucero
JSIS A 342
Analysis of the political dynamics of change in Latin America comparing various national approaches to the political problems of modernization, economic development, and social change. Offered: jointly with POL S 342.
Note: This course description corresponds with the Spring 2013 section taught by Erin Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org, (not Jose A Lucero).
In this course, students will explore the history of politics in Latin America. Using social scientific theoretical lenses, students will analyze the political problems of modernization, economic development, and social change in several Latin American countries. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of the historical trends and processes that have shaped the Latin America of today.
Student learning goals
1. Students will understand contemporary Latin American politics and the local, national, and international processes that have shaped Latin America.
2. Students will apply key concepts and theoretical lenses to diverse contexts.
3. Students will hone their writing skills and present coherent arguments based on historical evidence.
4. Students will practice articulating their ideas through oral discussions.
General method of instruction
The class will primarily be a combination of lecture and discussion.
No prerequisite is required.
Class assignments and grading
Map Quiz: 5% Participation: 20% (This includes three pop quizzes) Midterm: 20% Final: 20% Paper: 35% (This includes the submission of a draft prior to the submission of the final essay).