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GOVT 363 : Inter-American Relations

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Inter-American Relations
This course explores the development of U.S. political and economic relations with Latin America from their beginnings in the 19th century to present.

Through this course students will understand the historical foundations of Inter-American diplomatic relations, appreciate the long-term trends in these relations, understand the attitudes of North and South Americans toward each other and their mutual problems and strengthen critical thinking skills, especially those related to cause-effect relationships. Major topics of discussion will include; colonialism and Latin American independence, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), foreign relations and democratization, regional trade agreements and other pertinent topics. It is recognized that there are great differences between nations in Latin America; therefore, case analyses of individual countries will constitute a major portion of this course.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Locate the countries of the Western Hemisphere as well as the major cities and landmarks on a map.

2. Discuss the terrain and climatic conditions in regard to the development of the region.

3. Exhibit knowledge and understand landmark dates, historical events and current developments which shaped Inter-American Relations.

4. Recognize the colonial history of Latin America and the historical and social factors that influenced the development of Latin America.

5. Utilize critical thinking to assess, analyze, and understand the conflicts and the cooperation that has occurred over the past century.

6. Assess Liberalism and Dependency Theories and their social ramifications.

7. Recognize the Latin American debt crisis and the role of international entities such as the IMF.

8. Recognize the current political issues including immigration, trade agreements, human rights issues, the narcotics trade, and the promotion of democracy.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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American Psychological Association. (Jan. 2011) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. American Psychological Association: Washington, D.C. ISBN: 10: 1-4338-0561-8.

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Walter Miszczenko - 2/25/2015
Tommy Walter, Ed.D - 2/25/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 2/25/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 2/25/2015
1-14 General Education PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
Key: 109