Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Jose A Lucero
JSIS A 342
Seattle Campus

Government and Politics of Latin America

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.

Class description

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 development, revolution, social movements and security 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

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 be able apply key social scientific concepts and theoretical lenses to diverse contexts.

General method of instruction

The class will primarily be a combination of lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

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).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jose A Lucero
Date: 06/02/2013