Socio-political analysis of Latin America

ldvlp2631  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Socio-political analysis of Latin America
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q2
Language
French
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.
Aims

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.
 
Content
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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Course and individual lectures with some interactive sessions where the students are led to deepen themes presented by the course owner.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Refer to french version.
Online resources
Available on MOODLE
Bibliography
  • 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
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Interpreting

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Public Administration