MVZb2049 Contemporary Latin America

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Martin Hrabálek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Petr Suchý, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
Thu 20. 2. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 27. 2. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 5. 3. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 12. 3. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 19. 3. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 26. 3. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 2. 4. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 9. 4. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 23. 4. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 30. 4. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 7. 5. 14:00–15:40 P52, Thu 14. 5. 14:00–15:40 P52
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MVZ149 Cont. Latin America && ! NOW ( MVZ149 Cont. Latin America )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 72/60, only registered: 3/60
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Course objectives
The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the problems of current events in Latin America. After the first part of the course, students will be able to explain the position of Latin America in international relations. More specifically, they will be able to characterize relations of Latin America with USA and Europe, respectively; to evaluate main security issues in Latin America; and to analyze integration processes in the area. After the second part of the course, student will learn to understand significant problems related to selected countries in Latin America such as Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.
Learning outcomes
Students will understand significant problems related to selected countries in Latin America such as Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.
Syllabus
  • I. Introduction
  • II. Position of Latin America in the international system
  • III. Latin American relations with USA (historical development, U.S. and Latin America since 9/11 2001)
  • IV. Latin America and Europe
  • V. Security issues in Latin America (Treaty of Rio, security risks in LA)
  • VI. Integration in the American region (FTAA vs. ALCSA)
  • VII. Subregional integration in the American region (MERCOSUR, NAFTA, the Andean Pact)
  • VIII. The conflict in Colombia and its international overlaps
  • IX. Venezuela and internal crises
  • X. Brazil and its position in the region
  • XI. Cuba and Latin America
  • XII. Mexico's relations with the United States
  • XIII. Final test
Literature
  • Espach, H. - Tulchin, J.: Latin America in the New International System, Boulder 2001.
  • Bouvier, V.: The Globalization of U.S. - Latin American Relations, London 2002.
  • SKIDMORE, Thomas E. and Peter H. SMITH. Modern Latin America. 6th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. xiii, 512. ISBN 019517013X. info
  • HRABÁLEK, Martin. Integrace v Latinské Americe a FTAA. 2004. 87 pp. info
  • GORDILLO, Agustín A. The future of Latin America: can the EU help? Edited by Spyridon Flogaitis. 1st ed. London: Esperia Publications, 2003. 161 s. ISBN 1904673007. info
Teaching methods
Lectures involve class discussions and require active participation of students. Readings serve to broaden and deepen the spectrum of knowledge students acquire during lectures.
Assessment methods
The course is completed by a written test. Examination takes place at the end of the semester. Regular attendance will significantly help to manage the course successfully.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021.
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