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GOVT3655: Latin American Politics

This unit addresses the comparative politics of Latin America. It explores the dynamics of political and economic change in the region during the 20th and 21st centuries, examining topics such as military rule, democratisation, political parties, institutional design, social movements, and strategies for development. Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives, it considers broad regional patterns and sources of variation among countries.

Code GOVT3655
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in International Relations or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge of major political and economic developments in Latin America in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the particularities of individual countries
  • LO2. critically evaluate major theories that have been used to explain political outcomes in Latin America, such as democratic breakdown and democratisation
  • LO3. think like a “comparativist” by marshalling empirical evidence to explain variation across countries and change within countries over time.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.