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OCLA 2155 - International Politics of Latin America

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course examines the international politics of Latin America, with primary emphasis on the period since the 1980s, but with attention to the legacies of earlier political, economic and strategic developments affecting the region. It does not presume a prior knowledge of international relations theory or Latin American politics, history or economics. The course draws on concepts from the general international relations literature to consider trends in Latin America's international politics, with attention to developments during the Cold War, and long-term trends in relations between Latin American countries and the United States. The course also examines central topics in the contemporary international politics of Latin America, including security, economic and political regionalism, human rights, illicit drugs, migration and the foreign policies of key regional states.


ENGSTROM, Par (Senior Lecturer)

Course validation

Students will be assessed on the basis of three activities: - Seminar participation (10%). - Seminar presentation (20%). Presentation topics will be provided and will be assigned in advance. Presentations of 15-20 minutes should be accompanied by PowerPoint slides. - Final essay (70%). Questions for essay titles will be provided. Students may also design their own essay question on any topic relevant to this course in consultation with the Instructor.

Required reading

  • Dabène, Olivier (2014), The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America: Theoretical and Comparative Explorations (London: Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Dominguez, J.I. and A. Covarrubias (eds.) (2014), Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World (Routledge)
  • Mares, D., and A.M. Kacowicz (eds.) (2016), Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security (Routledge)
  • Skidmore, Thomas E. and Peter H. Smith (eds.) (various editions) Modern Latin America (Oxford University Press)