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Political Violence in Latin America

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C. Pérez-Armendáriz

Course Long Title

Political Violence in Latin America

Cross Listed Courses


Why is public life in contemporary Latin America so violent? Political violence is inherent to revolutions, civil wars, and authoritarian regimes. In contrast, one of the merits of democracy is that it facilitates the peaceful allocation of resources and power. For much of the twentieth century, Latin America struggled with insurgencies, civil war, and repressive authoritarian regimes. A wave of democratic transitions in the 1980s and 1990s brought renewed hope for peace, justice, and the protection of civil liberties, but political violence persists. This course explores the puzzling persistence of violence throughout the region. Recommended background: HI/LL 181; PLTC 122, 249, s49, or another research methods course.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Security,Conflict,Coop)

INDS Program Relationship

IDLL - LALS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years