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Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
SIS 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2003