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Fall 2017-2018
* LAS 375 / POL 486 (SA)   na, npdf

Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Latin America

Ulrike Capdepon Busies

This seminar introduces key debates related to human rights, transitional justice, and the politics of memory in Latin America. Special focus will lie on the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil), exploring the history of the human rights movement and the complex and diverse attempts to deal with the legacies of the dictatorships. The course will examine the range of transitional justice mechanisms applied, paying special attention to truth seeking efforts (and the work of truth commissions), the role of national and international criminal prosecutions, and initiatives of symbolic reparations and commemoration.

Sample reading list:
Collins, Cath/García-Godos, Jemima/Skaar, Elin, Transitional Justice in Latin America: The Uneven Road
Roht-Arriaza, Naomi, The Pinochet Effect. Transnational Justice
Jelin, Elizabeth, State Repression and the Labors of Memory
Sikkink, Kathryn, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions
Villalón, Roberta, Memory and Justice in Contemporary Latin America
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
No more than 120 pages per week; Weekly short written responses; 5,000 words final research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Quizzes - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prerequisites. Previous knowledge of Latin American contemporary history is an asset..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23682 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:10 Limit:25