PSCI 266
The United States and Latin America Spring 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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This course examines the most important political and diplomatic divide in the Western Hemisphere. The first half is a historical survey of U.S.-Latin American foreign relations from the early Spanish American independence movements through the end of the Cold War and recent developments. We consider how this history confirms or undermines influential views about U.S. foreign relations and about international relations generally. We also compare historical U.S. foreign policy toward the hemisphere to U.S. policy toward the entire world after the Cold War. The second half covers the most important current issues in hemispheric relations: the rise of leftist governments in Latin America; the war on drugs; immigration and border security; and competition with China for influence. At the end we briefly reconsider current U.S. policies in historical perspective.
The Class: Format: lecture; more lecture in the first half, more discussion and several in-class debates in the second
Limit: 35
Expected: 20
Class#: 3613
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a map quiz, a 2-page paper, two 3-page papers, and either another 3-page paper and a regular final exam, or a 12-page research paper and a short final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: In the paper that considers the first part of the course, the students weigh to what extent U.S. policy toward Latin America was affected by the largely derogatory attitudes of U.S. diplomats toward Latin Americans. A unit in the second part of the course critically analyzes current U.S. immigration policy in this context.
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
PSCI International Relations Courses

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