PSCI 351
The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 351 / PSCI 351
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Recent years have seen a resurgence of the political left in Latin America. This course seeks to understand the origins of this new left, the ideas and character of its protagonists, the neoliberal philosophy it opposes, and the arena of democratic politics it inhabits today. We first read polemics from both sides, before stepping back to consider Latin American political economy, including the twentieth-century left, from a more historical and analytical perspective. With this preparation, we then look more closely at major contemporary figures and movements in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries. After considering explanations of the rise of the left and assessments of its performance in power, we end our common readings by asking what it might mean today to be on the left in Latin America–or anywhere–both in policy and political terms.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, then seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3571
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three short essays, a 1-page reflection paper, and a 12-page research proposal
Prerequisites: a course on Latin America and a course in Economics or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 351 Division II PSCI 351 Division II
DPE Notes: The New Left in Latin America originated in efforts to remedy inequalities born of the Conquest, uneven capitalist development, and racial prejudice. Its neoliberal foes generally do not doubt the existence of these inequalities, but they question the proposition that the state could adequately address them. This course engages, contextualizes, and deepens the debate.
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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