History and Institutions in Latin America

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
In the last decades Latin America has been affected by significant changes from the political, economic, social and inter-regional equilibrium perspective. The course aims to provide students of the degree with the tools and the keys to understand some aspects of Latin American reality, inserting them in their historical context and in connection with the inter-regional relations. The first lessons will be focused on the advent of political leaders identified as innovators and progressives; their purpose will be analysed inserting in the specific national and historical contexts and in the larger context of inter-regional relations.
Particular attention will be given to the protection of rights emerging in the last decades (for example, the rights of the victims of the dictatorships and civil wars, indigenous rights).
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First trimester
Course syllabus
Course programme for attending students:
The first lessons of the course concern the main phases of Latin America in XIX-XX century in order to provide the students the basic knowledge about the issue of the subject.
The second part of the course deals with the history of the last two decades from the rise of new political leaders and progressive parties (e.g., Chávez, Morales, Lula and Kirchner) - with a focus on political and economical choices, social reforms and human rights protection in national and trans-regional dynamics - to the current changes that have determined the crisis of radical governments. The last lessons analyse the actual dynamics in policy, economy and society (e.g., elections, migrations, peace process). The students shall study the last actual events in recent journal articles and in the documents uploaded on the site Ariel (section Contents, file Materials for attending students).
Prerequisites for admission
A knowledge of Contemporary History and mostly of Latin America is required. The professor will retrace some its fundamental moments during the lessons, besides giving a bibliography for filling any eventual gap.

Suggested, not mandatory, propedeutics:
Contemporary History and History and Institutions of Latin America (undergraduate).
Lessons will be in the first trimester.
Teaching methods
Beside frontal lessons there will be seminarial lessons and talks with experts, book presentation with autors and video/documentary projections about the topics covered.
Moreover bibliographical insights will be provided and reading newspapers, scientific magazines will be stimulated in order to to be accostumbred with the latinoamerican reality in general and in particular with the themes dealt during the course.
News will be an opportunity to reflect and deepen during the lessons.
Teaching Resources
References for the final examination:

1. Nocera Raffaele - Angelo Trento, America latina, un secolo di storia. Dalla rivoluzione messicana ad oggi, Carocci, Roma, 2013. (COMPLETE READING)
2. Raffaele Nocera and Valerio Giannattasio (Eds.), Democrazie inquiete. Viaggio nelle trasformazioni dell'America latina, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano, 2017, Quaderni/17, e-book in http://www.fondazionefeltrinelli.it/article/ebook-democrazie-inquiete-9…. (COMPLETE READING)
3. Documents provided by the professor during the lessons or uploaded on the site Ariel (Contents: Material for attending students). These documents complete the knowledge about actual facts not contained in the books.

ADVICE OF READING:
Gardini Gian Luca, L'America latina nel XXI secolo. Nazioni, regionalismo e globalizzazione, Carocci, Roma, 2009.


References for the final examination for not attending students:

WRITTEN TEST:
1. Nocera Raffaele - Angelo Trento, America latina, un secolo di storia. Dalla rivoluzione messicana ad oggi, Carocci, Roma, 2013. (COMPLETE READING)
2.Gardini Gian Luca, L'America latina nel XXI secolo. Nazioni, regionalismo e globalizzazione, Carocci, Roma, 2009 (Reading of the following chapters: Introduction, Chapter 1, Conclusions. It's strongly recommended the reading of the whole book)
3.Raffaele Nocera and Valerio Giannattasio (Eds.), Democrazie inquiete. Viaggio nelle trasformazioni dell'America latina, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano, 2017, Quaderni/17, e-book in http://www.fondazionefeltrinelli.it/article/ebook-democrazie-inquiete-9…. COMPLETE READING
4. Documents uploaded on the site Ariel (Contents: Material for NOT attending students). The reading of these documents is essential as they finalize the knowledge about actual events not contained in the books.

INTERVIEW: 20 ARTICLES (selected in journals, scientific reviews and web sites) dealing with the themes contained in the programme. The articles shall be printed and presented to the professor during the interview.
Assessment methods and Criteria
TO ATTENDING STUDENTS: there will be a written examination on a date dedicated to you. An eventual intermediate test may be scheduled, depending to the number of students attending. In that case, a written examination will take place. The students will have to choose 4, among several open questions, and answer them.

To be considered an attending student, you must not exceed 2 absences.

The examination will be aimed at verifying that the attending students have acquired the tools to understand, describe and interpret the political, institutional, economic and social dynamics of contemporary Latin America and that they have the ability to clearly express concepts / notions / institutions, accurately and with the correct terminology.

Further information on the examination's modalities and on the program will be provided on time at the beginning of the classes, that is to say on September-October 2019

TO NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS: the examination shall be written and oral.

Written examination: it will be composed by two different parts. The first part consists in 18 multiple choice questions (valued 1 point for each correct answer). The second part will include 4 open-answer questions.

Oral examination: once passed the written test, after about 2 weeks the professor will informed students on the mark obtained, which they can accept or reject within a given deadline. If they accept the mark, students will proceed to the oral examination on the date indicated by the professor. Starting from the written part, they will be asked to consider, illustrate and comment a selection of 20 printed articles of their choice, related to the topics covered in the program.

The examination will be aimed at verifying that the non-attending students have acquired the tools to understand, describe and interpret the political, institutional, economic and social dynamics of contemporary Latin America and that they have the ability to clearly express concepts / notions / institutions, accurately and with the correct terminology.
SPS/05 - AMERICAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours