The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean form a vast and complex part of the Western Hemisphere. Although the strategic geopolitical relevance of the region has been recognized, Latin American values and attitudes regarding politics, business and life in general remain profoundly misunderstood, if not totally unknown by many. Not surprisingly, what people think they know about the region is based on unfair stereotypes and generalizations generated by some dramatic event covered by the world media.
Thus, the main objective of this course is to foster a greater understanding of the region’s realities. The course is designed as a multidisciplinary study focusing on Latin American politics, economics and foreign policy, and it is divided in two parts. Part I deals with the main features of Latin America as a region, while Part II consists mainly of a country-by-country approach.
The course is organized as a combination of lecture and seminar, and will be conducted in English. Performance will be evaluated on the
basis of attendance (30%), class participation (20%), oral presentation (20%) and a final exam (30%).