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POL 3450 International Relations in Latin America


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Other Subject Area: International Relations
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 48


This course will analyze the beginning of the International Relations in Latin America and the most important historical facts that marked the politics in the region in the current era.

The focus of this course is on the historic background of the region before independence and post independence that helped to consolidate the American hegemony and the insertion of foreign investment, the North American imperialism and the Latin-American resistance.

The course also will study the international relations of the region during the Cold War, the military dictators, the polarization of Cuba, the Latin-American reverse, the economic integration, and the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. The course will analyze the return of popular governments in the Regions such Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia and Lula Da silva in Brazil.

The objective of the course is to discuss topics related to Latin American and promote participation of the students in resolving conflicts and promote deep analysis of all facts that involves each topic.

Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.

1. Transferring knowledge about backgrounds of countries and their major international affairs throughout history.
2. Analyzing causes of conflicts and their relation with politics in the region.
3. Discuss the future of the Region and look for new alternatives for its international relations that promote equality, peace, development and human rights.
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