Socio-political analysis of Latin America

ldvlp2631  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Socio-political analysis of Latin America
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
- Get an insight of Latin-American political problems through a global analysis of the contemporary stages of political processes in relation with socio-economic evolutions. - The course will be centered around the issue: Which democracies do we find in Latin America? It raises the issue of the existence and the nature of democracies in Latin America as well as the potential (of sur-vival, of deepening) of these democracies. Answering to this issue would mean to analyse the caracteristics and dynamics of the political regime, but also to take into account the main historical aspects of Latin-American societies.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - Ability to understand the complexity and the diversity of Latin-American realities and political proc-esses.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This teaching unit aims to introduce students to the political problems of Latin America, it revolves around the question: What is the scope of democracy, as a concept, project and practice in the Latin America? To answer this question is to examine political regimes in their characteristics and dynamism, but also to consider the main socio-historical aspects of Latin American societies.
The course is organized in three parts. The first one presents the Latin-American specificity in its multiple dimensions, approaching the discussion about the existence of one or more Latin America. The second analysis how state, political system and civil society articulated during oligarchic regimes, national-popular regimes and authoritarian regimes. The third approaches the return to democracies and the socio political issues of the 21st century. This aspect will be addressed in its more global and more in-depth aspects from three countries.
Teaching methods
Lectures with some interactive sessions where the students are led to deepen themes presented by the course owner.
Evaluation methods
First session (January).
A written exam containing questions on the issues developed during the course as well as articles referred to each part of the program.
Second session (September)
Written examination, of the same type as the January exam
Online resources
Available on MOODLE
  • Le support du cours est composé d'un portefeuille de lectures et des présentations PowerPoint, disponibles sur MOODLE. It's composed of a portfolio of readings and PowerPoint presentations.
Disponible sur MOODLE.                                      Available on MOODLE
Teaching materials
  • Le support du cours est composé d'un portefeuille de lectures et des présentations PowerPoint, disponibles sur MOODLE. It’s composed of a portfolio of readings and PowerPoint presentations.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Interpreting

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General