PSCI 266 Spring 2015 The United States and Latin America

This course examines the most important political and diplomatic divide in the Western Hemisphere. The first half is a historical survey of US-Latin American foreign relations from the early Spanish American independence movements through the end of the Cold War, with some emphasis on the latter. We consider how this history confirms or undermines influential views about US foreign relations and about international relations generally. We also compare historical US foreign policy toward the hemisphere to current policy globally. The second half covers the most important current issues in hemispheric relations: the rise of lefist governments in Latin America, economic integration, the war on drugs, immigration, and border security. At the end we reconsider current US policies, in view of the economic and political evolution of Latin America, in historical perspective.
Class Format: lecture/discussion, with more lecture in the first half, more discussion and several in-class debates in the second
Requirements/Evaluation: a map quiz; a 5-page midterm paper; one 4-page policy paper; and either a second policy paper and the regular final exam, or a medium-length (10-page) research paper and an abbreviated final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives,LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect,LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership,PSCI International Relations Courses
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 35
Class Number: 3712
PSCI 266 - 01 (S) LEC United States & Latin America Division 2: Social Studies James E. Mahon
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Sawyer 501 3712
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