POLITICAL SCIENCE 381: THE U.S. AND LATIN AMERICA

FALL 2009

DuSable 459: Monday 6:30-9:10pm.

David M Goldberg

Office: Zulauf 107

Phone: 815.753,1014 and 630.942.3722

Email: goldberg@cdnet.cod.edu

Office hours: 5:30-6:30pm and by appointment

Course Overview: This class provides an overview of almost two hundred years of interaction between the United States and other sovereign states in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Historically, the relationship can be discussed with respect to three broad eras. The first from the end of the 18th century through the start of the 1930ís, the second from the 1940ís through the end of the cold war in the late 1980ís and finally the post-cold war era. With that in mind we will focus on more recent issues such as human migration, illegal drug trafficking and the promotion of democracy as a goal of U.S. foreign policy. 

  1. Miscellaneous: If you have a disability and would like to speak with

†††† someone regarding accommodations please visit Student Affairs. This

††††† should be done as early in the semester as possible.

-          Academic dishonesty will be treated with the utmost seriousness (course failure at a minimum). Make certain that all work is appropriately cited. See the student handbook and catalog for additional information.

-          Wikipedia is not an acceptable source for the research paper.

-          I do not accept any assignments via email without prior consultation.

  1. The Learning Environment: Please respect the students and teacher by contributing to a climate conducive to learning. Specifically this includes but is not limited to the following:

A.     Arrive in class on time prepared.

B.    Stay for the entire class unless there is an emergency situation.

C.    Turn off all electronic devices that may prove a distraction in advance.

D.    Avoid all unnecessary conversation unrelated to the class. If there is a comment please direct at the class.

E.     It is rude and distracting to read the newspaper or anything else in class.

F.     Donít sleep or give the appearance of doing so during class.

 

 

3. Assigned Readings:

Holden, Robert and Zolov, Eric, eds. 2000, Latin America and the United States: A†††† †††††††††† Documentary History (New York: Oxford University Press).

Kaufman, Joyce. 2006. A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy. (New York:††††††††††† Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).

Smith, Peter. 2008 Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of U.S.-Latin American Relations, †††††††††† 3nd Edition (New York: Oxford University Press).

Most of the readings come from these two sources. The Huntington article is available at no charge at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/gems/culturalagency1/SamuelHuntingtonTheHispanicC.pdf

Additional material may be assigned. It is the studentís responsibility to keep current on all readings.

3.      Quizzes, study guides: I reserve the right to assign quizzes at anytime. Study guides can be made available if there is sufficient demand.

4.     Graded Requirements:

††††††††† Two exams: Exams are tentatively scheduled for October 12, December 7. Each exam is worth 30% of the total course grade. Exams consist of a combination of identification and essay questions.

††††††††† Analytical Research Paper: Students are expected to write a 10 page paper on a subject of relevance to the class themes. Additional details will be distributed during the course of the semester. Topics must receive prior approval. An abstract of 150 words on the subject is due in class on September 14 .The paper is due in class on November 23 and account for 30% of the total grade. Additional information on the paper will be distributed in class.

 

†††† Participation/attendance: Arriving in class having already completed the assigned materials is necessary to succeed. Although there will be a fair amount of lecture, there will also be extensive periods of the class designed for student contributions. To that extent, participation will be worth 10% of the total grade. The emphasis should be on quality not quantity.

-          Attendance is critical and if excessive absences present a problem I reserve the right to fail any student. Students are given two excused absences. Please use them only when necessary.

 

Makeup exams will be given only in the rarest of circumstances. Students must contact the professor in advance with an acceptable explanation. Please take this into consideration. Extensions for written work will only be granted with the rarest of circumstances.

 

Tentative Course Outline

Week 1 August 24: Introduction. Understanding U.S. foreign policy, Kaufman Chapter 1, pp.1-28.

Week 2, August 31: Manifest Destiny, U.S.-Mexican War, Spanish-American War. Smith pp. 18-42, 45-48. Holden and Zolov pp.24-6, 31-3, 61-3, 70-72, 81-2. Kaufman pp.29-54,

No class, September 7, Labor Day, no class

Week 4, September 14: Dollar Diplomacy in the Caribbean and the Good Neighbor Policy. Smith pp.49-80. Holden and Zolov pp.104-6, 113-4, 130-7. Abstract due

Week 5, September 21: Latin American Responses: Engagement and Resistance. Smith pp.99-110. Kaufman 95-6, Holden and Zolov pp. 15-18, 28-30, 68-9, 78-80, 88-90, 95-96, 123-5, 128-9..

Week 6, September 28: The Start of the Cold War: Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua. Smith pp.113-47, Holden and Zolov pp.190-205, 211-213, 220-223, 276-79. The Depdendency Response: Holden and Zolov pp. 267-9

Week 7, October 5: The Rise and Fall of the Cold War, Smith pp. 148-210. Holden and Zolov pp. 292-302. Catch up and prepare for exam.

Week 8: October 12: Midterm Exam.

Week 9: October 19: The curious cases of Cuba and Haiti. Readings to be determined.

Week 10: October 26: Economic Crisis, The Washington Consensus and the New Realities of Latin America and the Caribbean. Smith pp. 213- 240.

Week 11: November 2: Porous Borders and Illicit Flows: Human migration and illegal drug trafficking. Smith pp. 241-72.

Week 12: November 9: Human migration and illegal drugs continued. ďThe Hispanic Challenge.Ē http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/gems/culturalagency1/SamuelHuntingtonTheHispanicC.pdf

Week 13, November 16: Political and economic alternatives in the 21st Century: ALBA, MERCOSUR, CARICOM, Smith pp. 273-336

Week 14:.November 23: Political and economic alternatives in the 21st Century: ALBA, MERCOSUR, CARICOM, Smith pp. 273-336. Paper due in class.

Week 15: November 30: Political and economic alternatives continued: Smith pp.337-414

Week 16: Catch up and review for exam.

Final exam, Monday December 7, 6-7:50pm