Dr Laura Trajber Waisbich
Course aims and objectives
The course provides students with a general understanding of the international politics of Latin America from 1945 onwards, and particularly since the end of the Cold War. Students will develop an understanding of the major theories of international relations and learn to use these theoretical frameworks to systematically analyze international politics and events across the region. Students will also become proficient in studying theoretical frameworks self-sufficiently together with the search and collection of empirical evidence underpinning their analysis and argumentation.
The course examines the international relations of Latin America. The first four weeks cover
an introduction to the international relations and foreign policy in Latin America, traditional international relations concerns, such as the evolution of the bilateral relations of the Latin American states with the United States and with other extra-regional powers (Europe, China); regional integration, coordination, and cooperation dynamics; and the participation of Latin American states at the United Nations. The last four weeks discuss thematic “intermestic”/cross-border issues in contemporary Latin American international relations, including human rights, democracy, and development; new wars, intrastate conflicts, and transnational organised crime; migration and environmental politics. Students will become familiar with the broad historical development of the international relations of the region, as well as the major theoretical perspectives and analytical approaches that are relevant to the field.
The course is taught in Michaelmas Term. Students will attend 105-minute-long lectures on Mondays from 2pm-3.45pm. The first essay will be discussed in group tutorials (during Week 5).
Students who want to present themselves for examination in Trinity must write at least two 2,000-word essays. The first essay must be submitted by 9 am Monday of Week 5 and the second essay must be submitted by 9 am Monday of Week 9. The essays should be based on past exam paper questions or on a question set in consultation with the course provider. Students are free in the choice of the topic and should present a theoretically guided and empirically-sound systematic analysis. Essays form part of the overall assessment of the student’s progress but do not count towards the final mark for the course.
- Regular attendance, preparation of the weekly readings, and active participation in seminar discussions;
- Delivery of a 7-10 minute long presentation on a key-concept;
- Submission of two written essays of no more than 2000 words;
- Critical discussion of another student’s essay during tutorials;
- Submission of a written review of the essay discussed during tutorials;
An online open-book examination in Trinity Term. Students will be given the exam paper two days before the due date for submission (Weeks 6-8 of Trinity Term). Candidates will answer three questions per paper out of a possible ten to twelve options.