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Last approved: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:02:50 GMT

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PS (Political Science)
353
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Politics
Issues in LAAC Politics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Clifford E. Griffin
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4040NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Introduction to the major issues affecting political and economic development and stability in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This course expands the area studies offerings in political science, and offers an additional course option for students pursuing the undergraduate major in international studies as well as the global studies certificate.  


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students will be able to describe the forces and factors that inform and influence political, economic, social and cultural practices and attitudes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
 
Each person must submit a six-page, double-spaced, comparative profile of the assigned pair of countries, reflecting key social, political, cultural, demographic and governmental features, and must include a discussion of a current political issue.
 
 
Students will be be able to properly use and critically evaluate political science data on Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
 
Research, writing, and oral presentation will be the metrics used to assess students on this objective.

Sample Assignment:

1. Conduct a literature search and compile and annotated bibliography on one of the research topics listed below in Assignment IV (or on your own topic). You must first clear this topic with me by no later than January 30.
2. Your annotated bibliography must contain at least 10 (PEER REVIEWED) scholarly sources.
3. Your sources must reflect a combination of books and journal articles; you may also include up to five newspaper articles from the leading national and international newspapers.
4. You must make a 5-minute presentation that discusses and summarizes you findings on this subject
 
 
Students will be able to apply key theories, including development theory, core-periphery theory, dependencia theory, world systems theory, theory of underdevelopment, modernization theory, democratic theory, and bureaucratic-authoritarian theory, to explain political and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
 
Sample Assignment: Research Paper: 8-10 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type.

PLEASE NOTE:

1) YOU ARE FREE TO PROPOSE YOUR OWN TOPIC; YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CHOOSE FROM THIS LIST. HOWEVER, YOU MUST FIRST CLEAR YOUR TOPIC WITH ME.

2) YOUR PAPER MUST BE INFORMED BY ONE OF THE THEORIES WE HAVE COVERED IN CLASS, AND MUST ALSO IDENTIFY YOUR HYPOTHESIS, AND DEPENDENT AND INDEPENDENT VARIABLES.

3) WHERE RELEVANT, DATA TABLES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENTS.

SAMPLE TOPICS
1. The impact of NAFTA on Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, or the entire region
2. The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
3. The long-standing US embargo against Cuba/ US trade relations with Cuba despite the embargo
4. The role and impact of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
5. The domestic, regional or international impact of drug trafficking/cultivation on one or two specific countries in the region.
6. Plan Colombia
7. The impact of 9-11 on the offshore financial services sector in the Caribbean
8. The Puerto Rican question
9. Migration
10. US deportation policy and its impact on Latin American and the Caribbean.
11. The role of tourism in economic development in the region
12. The status of indigenous peoples in the region
13. Religion and politics in the region (or in a specific country)
14. Regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean
15. The role and impact of China, India, Russia or Iran in Latin America and the Caribbean
16. Money laundering and drug trafficking
17. The Merida Initiative
18. Alien smuggling/human trafficking
19. The drug war in Northern Mexico and its impact on US-Mexican relations
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
None
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

This course will be offered as part of the regular teaching load, and will not require additional resources.

Course Goals: Historically, when Latin American and Caribbean countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, made the international news, it has often been in relation to political conflict. More recently, drugs, migration, free trade, offshore financial centers, drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and alien smuggling and gun running are among the international issues that plague countries in the region. Other issues include trade, development, crime, and security. This course, which introduces students to a number of these issues and the ways in which they affect the region will provide a survey political, economic, social, cultural and security issues across the English-, Dutch-, French, and Hispanic Caribbean; and Mexico, Central and South America. The insights and lessons learned from this survey will enlighten students about the implications of these issues for wider hemispheric and global relations. Students will read, debate, discuss, and learn the common themes of Latin American and Caribbean politics; analyze how the field of political science has contributed to the understanding of the region; and analyze the contributions from other fields that have tried to address power dynamics in and across the region.


Course Objectives: As part of this course, students will:

1. Learn to read, think, and write about some of the key actors and events that helped to shape politics in Latin American and Caribbean

2. Practice critical thinking and engage in debate and discussion about these key actors and events and the nature of their role in informing and influencing political development in Latin America and the Caribbean

3. Develop writing skills by producing evidence-based analysis of political developments through the use of various research-driven data sources. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Students in this course will be able to:

1. Critically analyze and explain the nature of encounters and subsequent relations between and among the various peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean;

2. Critically analyze and explain some of the political, military, economic, social and cultural entanglements that transformed life in Latin America and the Caribbean;

3. Critically analyze the actors and events that gave rise to various revolutionary movements and their individual and collective impacts on politics, economics, culture and society in Latin America and the Caribbean;

4. Critically analyze the impact of external forces, including the US, former Soviet Union, and European powers, including Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Spain, on politics, economics and society in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams60%Four Exams
Major Paper25%Research paper
Written Assignment10%Annotated Bibliography
Attendance5%other
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
The Colonial Foundations of Latin America and The Caribbean1 weekPrelude to Conquest
Colonial Caribbean and Spanish America
Portuguese America: A Different World?
English, French, Dutch, Danish, and Spanish Caribbean
Independence for Latin America and the Caribbean
The Pull of the International Economy
CASE STUDIES: Change Over time: Mexico1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
The Mexican Revolution
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1994-present)
CASE STUDIES: Central America and the Caribbean: Within the US Orbit1 weekWorld Powers, the United States, and the Greater Caribbean
From Colonies to Nationhood
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Panama
Politics and Policy: Nicaragua
Politics and Policy: El Salvador
Politics and Policy: Guatemala (p. 108)
Politics and Policy: The Dominican Republic (p. 111)
Politics and Policy: Haiti
Politics and Policy: Puerto Rico
CASE STUDIES: Cuba: Key Colony & Socialist State1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood (p. 121)
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Cuban Revolution
Framing U.S. Policies
Policy Experimentation and Regime Consolidation
The Contemporary Scene (1990-present)
CASE STUDIES: The Andes: Soldiers, Oligarchs, and Indigenous Peoples1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Peru (p. 163)
Politics and Policy: Bolivia
Politics and Policy: Ecuador
CASE STUDIES: Colombia: Civility and Violence1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
Creating Political Parties
The Loss of Panama
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policies: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1990-present)
CASE STUDIES: Venezuela: The Perils of Prosperity1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
Gunoats and Diplomacy
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1998-present)
CASE STUDIES: Argentina: Progress and Stalemate 1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood (p. 244)
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1983-present)
CASE STUDIES: Chile: Repression and Democracy1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1990-present)
CASE STUDIES: Brazil: The Awakening Giant1 weekFrom Colony to Nationhood
Overview: Economic Growth and Social Change
Politics and Policy: Patterns of Change
The Contemporary Scene (1994-present)
CASE STUDIES: Haiti & Dominican Republic: Contested Sovereignties and Cultures1 week Strategies for Economic Development
Narratives of Backwardness
The Liberal Era (1880s-1920s)
Import-Substitution Industrialization (1930s-1970s)
The Socialist Alternative (1950s-1980s)
Neoliberalism-Once Dominant, Now Challenged (1980s-present)
CASE STUDIES: The Anglophone Caribbean: Democracy & Development1 weekOligarchic Rule and Top-Down Reform (1880s-1920s)
Populism and Dictatorship (1930s-1970s)
The Revolutionary Path (1950s-1980s)
A Renewal of Democracy (1980s-present)
Explorations in Comparative Analysis
THEMES & REFLECTIONS: Strategies of Economic Development1 weekNarratives of Backwardness
The Liberal Era (1880s-1920s)
Import-Substitution Industrialization (1930s-1970s)
The Socialist Alternative (1950s-1980s)
Neoliberalism-Once Dominant, Now Challenged (1980s-present)
THEMES & REFLECTIONS: Dynamics of Political Transformation2 weeksOligarchic Rule and Top-Down Reform (1880s-1920s)
Populism and Dictatorship (1930s-1970s)
The Revolutionary Path (1950s-1980s)
A Renewal of Democracy (1980s-present)
Explorations in Comparative Analysis
Plus testing.

shgreene (Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:10:42 GMT): Rollback: See email.
shgreene (Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:23:12 GMT): Rollback: GEP- SS issue to be resolved. See email.
despain (Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:22:59 GMT): Rollback: Approved pending; await GEP and syllabus changes.
aeherget (Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:38:59 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at initiator's request via email April 15, 2017.
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