• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course explores the internal and regional dynamics of the international relations of Latin America, explaining how these factors influence the region’s interaction with the global system. Attention will be given to the foreign policies of major actors in Latin America, the institutional framework of the inter-American system, and the manner in which regional structures are used to boost and underwrite the international insertion of countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, the student will have:

  1. Gained an understanding of the historical trajectory of inter-American affairs and its relevance to contemporary intra-regional relations;
  2. Gained an understanding of the competing pressures driving foreign policy in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela;
  3. Gained an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of inter-American governance and coordination institutions;
  4. Gained an understanding of the origins and current challenges of regionalism in contemporary Latin America.

Indicative Assessment

Briefing memorandum, 1000 words each for a total of 4000 words (15% each for a total of 60%) Learning Outcomes 1
Take-home exam, 2000 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and,
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

P H Smith, Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of US-Latin American Relations (Oxford University Press)

A Oelsner, International Relations in Latin America: Peace and Security in the Southern Cone (Routledge)

Skidmore, Smith and Green, Modern Latin America (Oxford University Press)

Gardini and Lambert, Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism (Palgrave Macmillan)


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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