Professor Anderson Meeting time: Tues 4; Thurs 4-5 Anderson 318 or Tues 10:40-11:30 & Thurs 10:40-
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:45-2:45 12:30
Thursday 9:30-10:30 (am)
Purpose of the Course
This is an advanced undergraduate class on a special topic: Human rights and democracy. If you have taken a special topics class previously, you can still get credit for taking another one. This one is about the process of developing a democracy in the aftermath of gross human rights violations. It is about the relationship between the development of democracy and a recent past that was cruel, inhumane, authoritarian and extreme. How is it possible for democracy to develop under such circumstances? What kinds of questions must citizens and leaders face in constructing their new society? What choices do they have and what constraints inhibit their choices? What tradeoffs do they see between different alternatives. Is democracy possible after such a past and what will it look like? These are the questions of this course.
While the course covers more Latin American countries than it does countries from any other region, the course is not only about Latin America. The problem of developing democracy in the aftermath of human rights violations is a problem Latin America shares with Europe and Africa. In addition to studying Chile, El Salvador and Argentina we will also study Germany, Spain and South Africa. All of these countries have tried to construct a democracy in the aftermath of gross human rights violations and all have had different levels of success in that effort. All of these countries faced the questions listed above when they moved toward democracy.
We will have three essay exams in this course, two during the course of the semester and one as a final exam. Each of the first two exams is worth 25% of your grade; the final is worth 40% of your grade. Class attendance and participation will count for 10% of your grade.
Required books and Coursepack
The first readings for this course are from the Coursepack: The Morality of Truth Commissions,Two section, pp 3-67 and 189-210, about 87 pages.
You can buy a hard copy coursepack or an epack (your preference). The hard copy allows you to make notes on the pages. The epack: can be ordered online from Target Copy. Go to the Target Copy website. Go to the Coursepacks feature on Target website, write in the course number and the pack will come up.. You pay by a credit card.
Books: Purchase on line or use Reserve list at Norlin.
Norbert Frei, Adenauer’s Germany and the Nazi Past, Columbia University Press, 2001
Richard Wilson, The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Cath Collins, Post-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El Salvador, Penn State Press, 2010
Elisabeth Jean Wood, Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador, Cambridge University Press, 2000
Elisabeth Jean Wood, Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador, Cambridge University Press, 2003
Leslie Anderson, Social Capital in Developing Democracies: Nicaragua and Argentina Compared, Cambridge University Press, 2010
Omar G. Encarnacion, Democracy Without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014
Class date Reading
January 6 first class: pass out syllabus
January 8 coursepack materials from Target Copy about 87 pages, see instructions above
Part I: GermanyEurope:The first human rights trials