• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tracy Fenwick
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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It has been said that Latin America pre-figured every political trend of the twentieth century – liberalism, fascism, socialism, corporatism, democracy and military dictatorship. It also illustrates some of the extremes of economic policy – from heavily statist administrations to the most ruthless application of neo-liberalism. This course provides an overview of the transformation of four Latin American countries – Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. It will not be just an economic history. It will investigate connections between culture, history, social and political structures and economic growth.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic questions associated with the political economy of development, especially the role of the state and its institutions in determining economic development
  2. Attribute the differences between major development theories including modernisation theory, dependency theory, neoliberalism, and post-neoliberalism to their contextual circumstances
  3. Assess the major arguments surrounding the nature and foundations of development in this and other developing societies, and be able to justify their positions in relation to these arguments.
  4. Compare the post-war political economy of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile through written analysis.
  5. Criticise or defend a policy proposal about development in developing societies.

Indicative Assessment

Essay or policy brief plan of 500 words (10%) LO 1,5

Written essay or policy brief of 2,500 words (40%) LO 1,3,4,5

Final examination, 2 hours (50%) LO 2,4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a)     39 hours of contact:

26 hours of lectures (typically one per week followed immediately by a one hour workshop)

13 hours of workshop and workshop like activities (movies, reading groups, focus groups, and in-class activities)

b)  91 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Kingstone, Peter. 2011. The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development. New York: Routledge.





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4250 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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