Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.
Violence, Human Rights, & Democracy in Latin America This reading seminar examines the intersection of violence and politics in the Americas, or more specifically, how multiple forms of violence affect the quality of democracy in contemporary societies in the Western hemisphere. These include politically-motivated acts of violence committed by state and nonstate actors, violence as a form of social protest or political participation, and criminal violence (common and organized crime, including drug trafficking). Examples will focus primarily on Latin America but will also include the USA.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some familiarity with social theory, and with a general political history of Latin America, will help students prepare for this course.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be graded on the basis of participation in class discussions and a research paper.