Course Synopses

590:402 Seminar in Latin American Studies, Topic: U.S. Latin American Relations: From the Monroe Doctrine to the Globalization Era

Cross-listed with TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS 01:790:389:06

Latin America today is not the same as it was during the first decade of the 21st century. The world commodity price boom driven by the rise of China was the engine behind the economic and social achievements of governments across the region. But the tides have changed for Latin America. The global economic slowdown and the fall of commodity prices precipitated an economic crisis in the region as growth has come to a halt and the social gains have been reversed with higher levels of unemployment, informality, poverty, and inequality. In this interdisciplinary seminar we will examine the nature as well as the political, economic, and social consequences of the integration of Latin America into the global market.