Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Democracy: Contemp Lat Amer

Fall 2018

Taught By: Carlos Forment

Section: A

CRN: 7061

Credits: 3

This seminar seeks to introduce students to the debate on the democratization of contemporary Latin America. In the first part of the seminar (Weeks 1 to 9), Professor Lynch will lead the discussions. We will be examining conceptually and historically the interaction of social movements, popular sovereignty, political representation and the pluralization of public life during the following critical junctures: 1) struggle against oligarchic rule and the emergence of the first populist experience from 1930-1980; 2) transition from military to democratic rule during the 1970’s and 1980’s; 3) blocked transitions and the turn to the left and the consolidation of the so-called “turn to the left” in the region between 1998 and 2016, and 4) the resurgence of liberal democracy and the crisis of the left from 2010 to today. In the second part of the seminar (Weeks 10 to 15), Professor Forment will lead the discussion. We will be studying the writings of the most influential theorists of democratization in the region and through their work understand the frameworks used to make sense of it: Guillermo O’Donnell (transitions and disenchantment); Carlos Nino (epistemic democracy and human rights); and Ernesto Laclau (populism and representation).

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:31pm 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 911

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/10/2018