46.372 Crime, Security, and Democracy in Latin America

Crime, Security, and Democracy in Latin America

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5658
Status Active

In the past two decades, different forms of organized crime have besieged democratic stability and security in Latin America. The explosion of violence in Mexico in 2006, problems with postconflict criminality in Central America, and complex relations between criminality and political violence in Colombia are only some prominent expressions of a problem that seems to be exacerbated by globalization, but that has clear historic roots and local expressions. The main objective of this class is to provide students with analytic, conceptual and factual tools that will allow them to critically evaluate the impact of criminality on distinct aspects of Latin American politics and society.