- Class Number 3005
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Carlos Morreo
- Carlos Morreo
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course explores the patterns of political and economic change in modern Latin America. It begins with the rise of industrialisation, state-led development (ISI) and the emergence of populism in the 1930s-40s, the wave of military coups of the 1960s-70s, the processes of democratisation and neoliberalism of the 1980s-90s, and the regional turn to the Left plus the emergence of a post-reform agenda in the 2000s. Covering five countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela), this course will investigate the causes and consequences of populism, revolution, military authoritarian and bureaucratic authoritarian rule, democratisation, and neoliberalism. It will also consider topics such as the 'weak democracy syndrome' plus critical issues for Latin American democracy and development such a violence and insecurity, inequality, social inclusion/exclusion, popular participation, social mobilisations, and the rise of indigenous politics. The course compares a variety of theoretical approaches (modernisation, cultural, institutionalist, personal-leadership, and post-structuralist interpretations) in order to explain both change and continuity, and the differences that exist across the countries that have been chosen for in-depth analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the dominant patterns of political and economic change in Latin America
- Explain the differences in politics across the countries under study and of the contexts within which they operate.
- Apply and compare the concepts and theoretical approaches used to study the region and evaluate its progress.
- Compare and analyse complex problems of politics and development in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela through written analysis.
- Structure and write a policy brief or essay on a specific Latin American development issue.
The following textbook will be helfpul and is available on 2-hour reserve at the CHIFLEY library and for purchase at the Co-op bookstore:
Kingstone, Peter. 2018.The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development. Routledge.
Key and suggested readings for each week will be available on Wattle. Additional links to relevant documentaries, news and online material will be placed from time to time.
The suggested readings are given to you primarily for your essay and policy brief assessment, to be used as a resource for further research. Some students may not be as familiar with Latin American political or economic history as others. To assist these students, a useful reference work is available at Chifley Library for two day loan:
- Skidmore, T., Smith P.H. and J.N. Green. 2014. Modern Latin America (7th Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. - Chifley reserve.
Some Sources for Additional Research
In addition to the required readings, we encourage students to pursue their individual research interests and actively search for specific scholarship relevant to their topics of concern. Remember that what you gain from any course is also related to your inputs, so if you find a theme or a country that interests your intellectual pursuits, go for it! We can discuss any additional material during my office hours on Tuesdays.
Leading journals and news sources on Latin America
- Latin American Perspectives
- Journal of Latin American Studies
- Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research
- America Latina Hoy
- Latin American Politics and Society
- Latin American Research Review (official journal of LASA)
- Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
- Hispanic American Historical Review
- Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
- Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (journal)
- Comparative Political Studies (journal)
- NACLA [North American Congress on Latin America] Report on the Americas (bi-monthly semijournal, semi-news/analysis magazine)
- Latin American Weekly Report (weekly news brief)
- WOLA - Washington Office on Latin America, Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Development (and Policy) Journals
- World Development
- Development and Change
- Development Policy Review
- Third WorldQuarterly
- Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
- Global Social Policy
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Marks and comments on written work submitted on time.
- Discussions in the workshops.
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Additional referencing requirements:
Please use in-text citations. Formatting must be consistent throughout the text and in the bibliography at the end.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Interpreting politics with Latin America|
|2||Political challenges (or ‘democracy’ and ‘development’) in Latin America|
|3||From neocolonialism (1890-1920s) to the great transformation (1930-1960s)|
|4||From authoritarian governance to democracy, 1970s-1990s|
|5||The ‘post-Washington consensus' and the left turn, 2000-2010|
|6||Aftermaths of the left turn?||Essay plan (500) or policy brief plan (500) is due this week.|
|7||Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela or the politics of populism|
|8||Venezuela and Ecuador or the politics of the oil state|
|9||The politics of nature in Latin America|
|10||Central America and the politics of violence and displacement|
|11||Mexico, the Andean countries, and the politics of indigeneity|
|12||Political challenges in Latin America today||Research essay (3000) or policy brief (2500) is due this week.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Take-home exam||35 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1.2.3,5|
|Plan for essay or policy brief||15 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||3,5|
|Research essay or policy brief||40 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1,3,4,5|
|Class and workshop participation||10 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1,3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3,5
Word limit: 1500 words
Value: 35% final grade
Submission through Turnitin is due in in the examination period.
The take-home exam will consist of a reflective essay addressing a question relating to the political challenges of democracy and development in Latin America.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,5
Plan for essay or policy brief
Word limit: 500 words
The essay plan or policy brief plan is worth 15% of the final grade.
Submission through Turnitin is due in week 6, on Friday 5 April by 23.59.
The essay plan or policy brief plan is an to organising ideas, readings and research for the major assignment. The piece should present a brief description of the theme or problem being discussed and a clear question or research statement - what is it that we are trying to understand or interpret in relation to which country or countries? It should also include a basic structure or outline for the essay either in point form or as a series of sentences and list 4 to 6 key references.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
Research essay or policy brief
Word limit: maximum 3000 words including references for the essay or maximum 2500 words including references for the policy brief.
The essay or policy brief is worth 40% of the final grade.
Submission through Turnitin is due in week 12, on Thursday 20 May by 23.59.
The written essay or policy brief will be based on the topics covered in the course and should be based on one of the cases studied in the course. You may choose to write an essay around any one of the week’s themes, which are broad to begin with. The essay should cover at least one Latin American country or more within its analysis. You can present either an academic essay or a policy brief. While both should demonstrate engagement with and a critical review of the relevant literature, in an academic essay it is the understanding of concepts, theoretical debates and an ability to write and critically examine a topic that matter most.
For those who may be interested in working with policy and advocacy, the policy brief is a good option. This genre is mostly used by government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As in an essay, you will need to come across as familiar with the relevant literature and present its ideas in a coherent manner. Nonetheless, a policy brief emphasises problem-solving, and the reader is for the most part interested in understanding the options that may be available to address a particular problem.
Choose a specific policy instrument from a Latin American country, policy initiative or development program in any of the following areas: environment, development, human rights advocacy or social policy (education, health, labour, poverty and social inclusion). For the assignment, write a maximum 2500 words professional looking policy brief for a regional organisation such as CEPAL, OAS, UNASUR, CELAC, IADB, or a Latin American government, describing a real existing policy initiative, its implications, shortcomings, and its empirical outcomes (in countries, regions, provinces, or cities). Some questions to consider, should the policy be diffused to other countries, where has it worked? Should the organisation you are presenting the brief to back it technically or financially? See the guide for more detailed instructions.
How to write a policy brief: http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Tools_and_Training/Documents/how-to-write-apolicy-brief.pdf
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
Class and workshop participation
Participation is assessed throughout the course taking into account the lectures and in particular engagement with the workshops.
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