Javier Corrales (Section 01)
This course is part of a new model of tutorials at Amherst designed to enable students to engage in substantive research with faculty. It is open to juniors interested in developing a senior thesis project on any topic pertaining to Latin America's political economy. The objective of the tutorial is to help students identify a researchable topic, master the relevant literature, develop a viable research design, learn to formulate causal arguments and address rival hypotheses, and finally, become comfortable with the academic practice of revising and resubmitting. Each student is free to choose his or her topic of inquiry, after close consultation with the instructor and other participants. Students are expected to work independently and meet jointly once a week to discuss progress. At various points during the semester, students should also be prepared to share their work, orally or in writing, with everyone else in the course. Final requirements will vary depending on the selected project and may include developing a thesis prospectus; writing a literature review; researching a topic in close collaboration with the instructor; collecting, analyzing and presenting data. Pre-requisite: the course is open only to juniors in Political Science who have a proven interest in pursuing independent research on Latin America's political economy.
Enrollment limit: 6. Professor Corrales. Spring Semester.
If Overenrolled: the course is open only to juniors in Political Science who have a proven interest in pursuing independent research on Latin America's political economy.