Spring 2012

Latin America in the World

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-303


Joseph S. Tulchin (Section 01)


[CP, IR] This course goes beyond the usual study of hemispheric affairs. Latin America is the focus. We begin by putting hemispheric relations into historical perspective to study the way in which the nations of Latin America deal with international affairs, particularly their relations with the United States, and how this has changed over time.  We will study how Latin American nations define their national interests and how those national interests mesh with or diverge from the national interests of the United States. 

We will concentrate on the last twenty years because of the transition to democracy throughout the region.  Democracy presumes an active citizenry who express their opinions on matters of concern to them. It also presumes institutions that provide structure and legitimacy for the process of formulating public policies. The underlying concept in the course is agency: how nations become conscious of their ability to play a role in world affairs; how they determine what that role will be; and how they understand their capacity for international action. 

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester. Professor Tulchin.

If Overenrolled: Senior political science majors who need the class to meet graduation requirements will have first priority, followed by senior, junior and sophomore political science majors, respectively, then senior non-majors on down to freshmen non-majors.


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012