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2011/2012  BA-BLM_BA28  Current Politics in Latin America

English Title
Current Politics in Latin America

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in International Business Communication
Course Coordinator
  • Kevin McGovern - Department of International Culture and Communication Studies
Rosalba Cazón - rocelectric@gmail.com, Jan Gustafsson - jg.ikk@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Politics
  • Language and Intercultural Studies

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:

Analytical competences (especially related to politics and identity), oral presentation and dialogue, as well as writing skills.

Objectives: Analytical competences (especially related to politics and identity), oral presentation and dialogue, as well as writing skills.
For the final assignment, the following is required:
• To formulate a relevant problem within the course’s fields, politics and/or identity problems;
• To argue for the relevance and theoretical and methodological implications of the problem;
• To include a relevant bibliography;
• To present adequate theory and/or methodological tools for the analysis;
• To analyze the problem and its implications in a logical and comprehensive manner;
• To conclude convincingly on the subject;
• To present the content in an adequate academic form, including clear and correct style in language and arguments, as well as a standard system of notes and references.

No specific or formal qualifications required. Some general knowledge about Latin American history and politics is an advantage.
Written assignment:
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Winter Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
A written assignment of 8-10 pages. The topic will take its point of departure in the course, will be proposed by the student and approved by the teacher.
Re-examination will be as the ordinary exam.
Course Content

The course will consist of 10 teaching sessions (of two periods; once a week). The first session will be a general introduction to the course and the region (Latin America). The second will consist in an introduction to the current ‘status’ of the political situation and problems of the region, with particular emphasis in the ‘left turn’ of the former decade and the latest developments. The next seven sessions will contain 4-5 case studies, three of which will be: Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile. An additional case study can consist in another country study, a regional study (e.g. regional integration) and/or a study of current developments of Inter-American (hemispheric) relations.

Teaching Methods
Each session will have a teacher’s presentation. Students are also urged to do 10 minutes presentations.

(Background literature): Ronaldo Munck: Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave. A reading list for the course will follow.