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Spring 2012-2013
* LAS 406 / WWS 497 (SA)   na, npdf

Latin American Studies Seminar - Development Strategies in Latin America from the 1940s to the Present

Maria Helena L. de Morais

This course aims to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive picture of the most important transformations undergone by Latin America in the last decades. The re-democratization process from the 80's came when Latin American economies tended to face high inflation and low economic growth, shaping new challenges. After two decades in struggling to find new paths of recovery and stability, the years 2000 brought new light to Latin America. This course will portray these different phases using country examples to illustrate this trajectory. Emphasis will be given to Brazil because of its impressive social and economic turnaround.

Sample reading list:
Luis Bertola, José Antonio Ocampo, The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence
Lena Lavinas, Hildete Pereira de Mello, Paula Martins, Brazil:Innovative approaches to curb urban informality
Nora Lustig, Poverty, Inequality and the New Left in Latin America
Peter Wade, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
Celso Furtado, Economic Development of Latin America
Ricardo Bielschowsky, Sixty years of ECLAC: structuralism and neo-structuralism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Most of the readings will be in English. Students will be expected to read approximately 150 pages per week. Each student will write one individual essay (4-5 page paper in lieu of midterm), focusing on one dimension of Latin American development highlighted during the first part of the course. At the end of the semester, each student will prepare a research project (10-12 page term paper) chosen from a topic analyzed in class.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Some background on Development and Social Issues would be helpful.

Other information:
Students are expected to prepare and attend all class sessions, and participate in class discussions. Success in the course depends first and foremost upon active engagement in the seminar discussions. Required journal articles and book chapters will be posted on the course Blackboard (most of them are also available for purchase at

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40878 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:10 Limit:20