2018-2019 Catalog

LLAS 335 Democratizing Latin America

This course will focus on the changing dynamics of state power in Latin America from the 1960's through the present. We will compare Latin America's hard-dictatorships (dictaduras) to various versions of soft(er)-authoritarianisms (dictablandas) before such states transitioned to electoral democracy. Beyond looking at the changing dynamics between states and their civil societies over time, we will explore legacies of civil wars, revolution, military coups, and dirty wars. We will not only look at how ordinary people fought back by struggling for political human and cultural rights, but how their movements contributed to the recent democratic transitions characterized as "third-wave" democratization."


4 units

Cross Listed Courses

SOC 335


SOC 101, POLS 101, DWA 101, HIST 258, or by permission of instructor

Core Requirements Met

  • Global Connections