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Crime, Violence, and Security in Latin America

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L. Puck

Course Long Title

Crime, Violence, and Security in Latin America

Cross Listed Courses


Despite a region-wide shift to democracy, Latin America possesses higher rates of violence in the 21st century than any other region in the world. Why? This course analyzes the root causes of crime and violence and its impact on Latin America. Through the examination of specific cases, students explore the various manifestations of crime and violence occurring in the region and responses to it by states, citizens, and private entities. Some key themes include the significance of weak and corrupt institutions; legacies of authoritarianism; police reform; the war on drugs; and the emergence of private security.

Writing Credit


Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Institutional Politics), (PLTC: Security,Conflict,Coop)

INDS Program Relationship

IDLL - LALS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

One-time offering