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2014/2015  BA-BPOLV1020U  Latin American Political Economy

English Title
Latin American Political Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Luigi Manzetti - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Course administrator: Maja Dueholm, md.ikl@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
Last updated on 20-02-2014
Learning objectives
  • To develop an understanding of the distinctive nature and challenges of political and economic development in Latin American as a region, viewed from the vantage point of different theories.
  • To employ, and reflect upon the use of, historical, political, and economic analysis in examining the diversity of the region.
  • To assess the process of policy formulation and the role of the state in the pursuit of democratic development and economic prosperity.
  • To evaluate the impact of different political regimes and economic policies on a country's development and institutional stability.
Course prerequisites
Latin American Political Economy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January and May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure
The course surveys the most fundamental topics shaping the Latin American economies since they became part of the western economic trade system.  Students will acquire a commanding knowledge of fudamental economic concepts, different patterns of economic development in the 19th and 20th century, and the characteristics of the Latin American markets as they entered the globalized market place since the early 1990s as a result of trade liberalization and privatization policies.

The course begins with a brief introduction to key macroeconomic concepts followed by an examination of the main theories which shapaed the development of the Latin American economies from Colonial times untile the end of the 20th century.  This will include theories such as comparative advantage, impost substitution industrialization, and neoliberalism among others.
Teaching methods
The course uses lectures. There is also an emphasis on active class participation through debates after the instructor's lecture. All teaching and class participation is in English.
Expected literature
Peter Kingstone (2011)The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development(Rotledge)

Sebastian Edwards (2010)Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism (University of Chicago Press)

Patrice Franko (2007) The Puzzle of Latin America Economic Development (3rd edition) (Rowman & Littlefield)
Last updated on 20-02-2014