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Politics: Latin America

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2016-2017

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Limited places are also open for exchange students. Please note: this course takes place in The Hague.

Description

This course provides a general introduction to Latin American politics, emphasizing the specific ways in which the political process has evolved in each of the countries conforming this region. So despite the many communalities one can observe in this region with respect institutional systems and political practices, each country presents a particular type of political evolution. All sorts of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and ethnic factors have played an important role in shaping the political reality of the individual countries. This course follows a country-centred approach providing an explorative journey through the Latin American nations, from North to South.
Overview:

  1. Latin American Politics: A General Introduction
    1. Mexican Politics
    2. The Spanish Speaking Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
    3. Central America I: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
    4. Central America II: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
    5. South America I: Venezuela
    6. South America II: Colombia
    7. South America III: Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia
    8. South America V: Brazil
    9. South America VI: Uruguay and Paraguay
    10. South America VII: Argentina
    11. South AmericaVIII: Chile

Course objectives

This course aims to allow students to comprehend the main dynamics characterizing the Latin American political process since the late 19th century until today. Students will learn to distinct the specific political features of each Latin American country. Finally, students will also learn why political phenomena affecting the entire region have dissimilar impacts and consequences in the different Latin American countries.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

One two hour lecture per week; tri-weekly tutorials.

Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform the tutor of the course in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent without notification and valid reason or not being present at half or more of the tutorial sessions will mean your assignments will not be assessed, and result in a 1.0 for the tutorial (30% of the final grade).

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:
• Atending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks: 24 hrs
• Atending attending tutorials 2 hours per three weeks: 8 hrs
• Assessment hours (midterms and final exam): 4 hrs
• Time for studying the compulsory literature: 68 hrs
• Time for completing assignments, preparation classes and exams: 36 hrs

Assessment method

Assessment

Midterm Exam:

  • Written examination with essay questions
    Final exam:

  • Written examination with essay questions

Weighing

Tutorials 30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40 %

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Resit

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier mid- and endterm grades. No resit for the tutorials is possible.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Howard J. Wiarda en Harvey F. Kline (eds), Latin American Politics and Development. Boulder: Westview Press, 2014 (8th edition). ISBN: 978-0-8133-4904-6.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Prof. Dr. P. Silva
Dr. R. Sheppard