Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3180: Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gabriel Katz Wisel (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In the last 50 years, Latin American countries have tried democracy and authoritarianism; state interventionist models and market-oriented programs; economic policies fostering income redistribution and others deepening inequality; reformist and revolutionary change. In this course you review the political history of Latin America from the Cuban revolution onwards, focusing primarily on the collapse and restoration of democratic rule throughout the region and on the forces (institutions, economic and social structure, etc.) affecting the rise, fall, sustainability, and quality of democracy. Besides studying the region’s parties, elections and politico-institutional design, you will also explore topics like the role of the military and revolutionary/social movements in the political evolution of Latin America, and US-Latin American relations.

Module created

August 2012

Last revised