Latin American Studies OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Undergraduate Course on Latin American Politics

Published Feb 03, 2009

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Individuals interested in the history, politics and culture of Latin America have the opportunity to study the region in 'Introduction to Latin American Studies,' an OpenCourseWare project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This course may be useful for students considering or currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science or foreign languages and literature.

Introduction to Latin American Studies: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Latin American Studies: Course Description

This free online course provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the Latin American region as a whole. Particular attention is given to the nations of Mexico, Chile and Brazil. 'Introduction to Latin American Studies' was taught on the MIT campus by Professor Chappell Lawson, who makes his lecture notes from the Fall 2006 section of the course available online for OpenCourseWare students. The lectures survey literature, film and media accounts to give students an overview of contemporary Latin America. Key topics covered include criminal justice and policy reform in Mexico, the rule of law in Brazil, the political history of Chile, the politically tumultuous country of Venezuela and populism in the entire region. Students also examine contemporary Latin America in the context of Big Mama's Funeral, a well-known satirical short story and political commentary. At MIT, 'Introduction to Latin American Studies' is part of the Political Science curriculum.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, essay topics, a quiz, a reading list and links to online resources. To learn more, visit the Latin American studies course page.

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