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POL360H1S L0101

Topics in Latin American Politics

Political Economy and Extractivism in the Americas


This course offers an in-depth analysis of controversies in Latin American politics since the start of the twenty-first century. Emphasis will be given to the rise and fall of the so-called ‘Pink Tide’ of left of centre governments, but also on the social movements and political economic conditions that made them possible. In addition to country-specific case studies on, for example, Brazil, Bolivia, and Venezuela we will also study thematic and regional concerns, including structural adjustment and economic development policies, environmental challenges, crime and governability, and changes in the global economic system. A background in Latin American politics and history is strongly encouraged.


1.0 credit in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses