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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-324
Topics in Political Economy of Latin America (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics focusing on political economy of Latin America. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-220.

SISU-324
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Political Economy of Latin America (3)

Breakfast in the Americas

This course applies an interdisciplinary approach to examine the political, economic, cultural, environmental, and social historical issues surrounding the commodities we commonly put on our breakfast table: coffee, sugar, bananas. By looking at the lives of people who produce the commodities, own the companies, and consume the products, the course considers how consumer practices affect the lives of those who produce these commodities, and the environment in which they are produced.

SISU-324
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Political Economy of Latin America (3)

Political Economy of Latin America

Over the past century, Latin America has been a fertile testing ground for a variety of economic and political theories of development. Economic experiments have ranged from liberalism through socialism, passing through various forms of state-led capitalism along the way. Political experimentation has included everything from populist authoritarianism to military rule, and from hybrid democracies to vibrant multiparty presidential democracies. The remarkable variation in these forms of economic and political organization has been matched by the breadth of actors and ideologies present in the fabric of Latin American states. Drawing on the rich toolbox of comparative political science, this course examines how political and economic organization influence each other, the foundations of the ideas and beliefs that underpin political and economic institutions, and the evolution of Latin American states and economies since World War II.