Course: HIST 563. Colloquium in Latin American Political, Institutional and Military History (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent. Examines the historical evolution of the political and institutional structure in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. By the end of the semester, students have achieved an understanding of the political development of the Latin American states within a broad social and economic context. Emphasis on critical reading, in-depth class discussions and the ability to present written analyses of the covered material. Major themes may include colonial institutions, caudillismo, oligarchic regimes, U.S. interventions, revolution and reform, populism, armed forces in politics, dictatorships and return to democracy, and political neo-liberalism.