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DEMOCRATIZATION IN LATIN AMERICA (NON ATTIVO 2022/23)

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DEMOCRATIZATION IN LATIN AMERICA (INACTIVE 2022/23)

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Anno accademico 2022/2023

Codice attività didattica
CPS0380
Corso di studio
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
Anno
2° anno
Periodo
Secondo semestre
Tipologia
Caratterizzante
Crediti/Valenza
6
SSD attività didattica
SPS/04 - scienza politica
Erogazione
Tradizionale
Lingua
Inglese
Frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia esame
Scritto
Prerequisiti
Basic knowledge of political processes and institutions in Latin America.
Suggested preliminary readings:
Wiarda, Howard J. An Introduction To Latin American Politics And Development. Routledge, 2021.
Close, David. Latin American Politics: An Introduction. University of Toronto Press, 2017.
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Sommario insegnamento

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Obiettivi formativi


The course aims at offering students the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to interpret critically the contemporary political situation in Latin America.

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Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi


The student will acquire a robust knowledge and comprehension skills to analyze the processes of democratization and democratic consolidation, followed by democratic fatigue and crisis, that developed in the region during the last decades. The student will apply her knowledge and comprehension to the critical analysis of the ongoing processes of democratization/autocratization; and will display robust independent judgment, based on the factual, conceptual and methodological competences acquired in class. Finally, she will strengthen her communicative and learning skills in the English language, which has become an essential instrument to operate successfully in scientific and professional communities.

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Programma

The course will analyze the development of democracy in the sub-continent, from the processes of democratization and democracy consolidation to more recent episodes of democratic crisis. In particular, we will examine the main concepts and theories elaborated to interpret the democratic and authoritarian experiences of the last decades, both worldwide and in the region. We will also review the historical roots of political regimes in the area, and appreciate their relevance for their future performance. Finally, we will discuss the influence of populism on democratic crises and analyze the vicissitudes of a few exemplary countries in both Central and South America, namely Mexico and Venezuela, and review the contribution of local civil society and parties to these political processes.

 

 


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Modalità di insegnamento


If the COVID-19 emergency ends, lectures will be held face-to-face. They will be accompanied in any case by online materials based on Powerpoint slides.

More precise and up-to-date information will be provided the first week of classes, and posted online on February 20th: Lecture 1 will be entirely devoted to the organization and planning of the course.

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Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Exams will be identical for attending and non-attending students.

In case the COVID-19 emergency ends, there will be in-class written exams, with open ended questions. The student will choose three questions out of five and answer them in a concise manner. Each answer will receive a maximum grade of 10/30.

If the COVID-19 emergency persists, in-class written exams may be substituted by online written exams in the Moodle platform, on the days specified in the exam schedule. The student will choose three questions out of five and answer them in a concise manner. Each answer will receive a maximum grade of 10/30.

Students may also write a brief research paper on a subject agreed upon with the teacher, to earn an extra bonus.

In any case, those of you registered for the class will have the opportunity to take an early exam session (preappello).

The information on manners and technical details related to the actual execution of the exams will be updated at the beginning of the course.

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Attività di supporto

Check the list of support activities in the web page of the program.

Testi consigliati e bibliografia

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Smith, Peter and Cameron Sells. Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2017. Selected chapters will be posted online by the Instructor.

Other class material will be suggested later.



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Note

Attending and Non-attending students are invited to register on both the CampusNet and the Moodle platform, in order to allow a better interaction with your teacher.

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