- Code POLS2095
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Political Sciences, Economic History, Political Economy, Latin American Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Tracy Fenwick
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
Indicative AssessmentEssay or policy brief plan of 500 words (10%) LO 3,5
Written essay or policy brief of 2,500 words (40%) LO 1,2,4,5
Final examination, 2 hours (50%) LO 1,2,3,
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of workshops and workshop like activities; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kingstone, Peter. 2011. The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development. New York: Routledge.
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