Level Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
Duration: 14 weeks
In the last few decades, most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean completed their transition into democracy. Nevertheless, the 2004 UNDP report on democracy revealed the widespread adoption of democracy has not been accompanied with responsible practice, or an increase in political and civil society organisations resolving social demands of excluded groups. In 2006, 56% of Latin Americans believed that democracy was not resolving their problems. The frustration with democracy was further exacerbated by the poor economic performance in the past decades and the inability of democracy to resolve social problems and create jobs. However, democracy is still widely supported in the region and the population is confident of its capacity to improve their livelihoods.
As mentioned above, the lack of result from democracy could be attributed to the confusion in regards to its definition, as in some cases the only source of information for this term can be sought from elections. The existence of pluralism and institutions that effectively ensure the realization of democratic rights is paramount to consolidate a democratic regime, and to address the different challenges presented by the political, social, and economic conditions existing in Latin America today. The course contextualises democracy in the region by explaining the tension between the advances and limitations of democracy and dismantles the myths that have arisen about this concept in the past years.
The course is structured to be completed in 14 weeks and this includes 6 subject topics and 2 weeks for course introduction and closing. The introduction includes a course summary, and the closing unit invites participants to assess the course according to the below structure:
Introduction to the Virtual School System, the course and its context:
Definition of Democracy
History of democracy in Latin America
From transitions to existing challenges in Latin American democracy
Democracy and institutions in Latin America
Myths regarding democracy in Latin America
|Unit 6||Advances and setbacks of democracy in Latin America
Reports and Inscriptions