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International Relations in Latin America


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Elective Courses




How do countries in Latin America relate with each other and with the rest of world? What institutional structures are used to promote regional cooperation and to participate in an increasingly interconnected world? This course engages students with the debates concerning the main dynamics of Latin American international politics, with a special focus on the contemporary period.

The course starts with a general introduction to the historical background of Latin America, and the development of international relations thinking in the region. It then explores the changing role, power, and position of Latin America over time. In so doing, the course turns to the identification and assessment of the insertion strategies developed since the 1960s, their successes and failures, consequences, and key reformulations, together with a critical examination of the relations of Latin America with third partners, including the United States and the European Union, and the recent turn towards South-South relations and deeper cooperation initiatives with countries like China and India.

Along the course, theoretical debates will be documented with several empirical case studies to understand and account for Latin America’s regional and international politics, while also examining the challenges and opportunities the region faces in a world dominated by shifting political and economic balances and the increasing fatigue of both regional and multilateral governance mechanisms and structures.


Assessment criteria:

The final grade will be a weighted average of four different elements:

  • Active participation in class 10%
  • In-class presentation 25%
  • Research paper proposal 25%
  • Final research paper 40%

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)


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