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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS355 Course ID: 3868 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to familiarize students with the politics of contemporary Latin America. The course will cover such topics as the various types of political systems found in Latin America, the political economy of development, and the issue of regime transition.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, you will be able to:

CO 1 Assess the social and political structure of Latin American countries

CO 2 Examine the influence of state and non-state actors in Latin American politics

CO 3 Appraise the domestic and foreign policy priorities of Latin American countries

CO 4 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of political institutions in the region.

CO 5 Examine the role of the military in politics and government in Latin America.

CO 6 Compare and contrast presidentialism in Latin American countries

CO 7 Appraise the role of populism in Latin American countries.

CO 8 Diagnose the health of democratic institutions and threats to democracy in Latin America.

comments inserted into the Word document. Forum grades will be determined using a rubric scoring guide. Additionally, comments may be given informally within the forum or in more detail within the forum grader tool.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Late assignments and late forum posts will be accepted under certain circumstances. A student request for late submission must be initiated twenty-four (24) hours prior to the assignment deadline. Without prior permission by the instructor, late work will be assessed a five (5) percent penalty per day.

CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE: All assignments for the School of Security and Global Studies (papers, essays, exams, and Forums) must follow the Turabian citation method. An online copy of may be found at: Students should be aware that in-text citations are the preferred method for citing sources (rather than in footnotes or endnotes). Any notes used in essays or assignments should be limited to extraneous information that the student wishes to include. The format for in-text citations is given in the Turabian guide linked above. Students are to use the parenthetical form (P) within the text of the document and the reference list form (R) in providing a list of sources. See more information on citation style in the Week 1 Lesson.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

For all university policies, including grading system, extensions, and disability accommodations, please see the APUS Student Handbook.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.29 %
Week 2 Forum 4.29 %
Week 3 Forum 4.29 %
Week 4 Forum 4.29 %
Week 5 Forum 4.29 %
Week 6 Forum 4.29 %
Week 7 Forum 4.29 %
Paper Topic 5.00 %
Topic selection for Final paper 5.00 %
Assignments 10.00 %
Progress Assignment: Week 6 Outline 10.00 %
Midterm 25.00 %
Midterm Paper 25.00 %
Final 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.