Politics in Mexico
Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Cross-listed as GBST352 / PSCI352
Geographical fate has decreed that the futures of Mexico and the United States will be tightly bound. Yet Mexico enters this future with a very different past, a distinctive political system, and mixed feelings about the U.S. This course has four parts differing in content and format. The first is historical and mostly lecture. It considers several themes, including the slow emergence of a stable national state and the interplay between politics and economic change. In the second section, we consider politics and cultural policies around Mexican national identity in the twentieth century; rapid urbanization, especially in the valley of Mexico; the impact of migration and the rapid development of the northern border region; and the conflict between an emerging civil society and political corruption. After a brief review of recent elections and other political events, we turn to a seminar-style discussion of student research projects.
The Class: Type: lecture, discussion, then seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: map quiz, two short papers, and a 12- to 15-page research proposal
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: some knowledge of Mexican history
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors and seniors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: One unit of the course directly engages the tension between diversity and national identity in 20th century Mexico, while another critically analyzes the reception in Mexican national discourse of the experiences of discrimination suffered by migrants in the USA. WI: There will be 20 pages of writing and the short papers will be discussed in individual appointments with the professor.
Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives; LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect; POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses; PSCI Comparative Politics Courses; PSCI Research Courses;