Course syllabus RPLAA - Development Problems in Latin America in English (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: RPLAA
Course title in language of instruction: Development Problems in Latin America in English
Course title in Czech: Development Problems in Latin America in English
Course title in English: Development Problems in Latin America in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Martin Hrabálek, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: not Development Problems in Latin America
Aims of the course:
This course focuses on the most important economic issues in Latin America. The themes include historical legacies, the theory and practice of import substitution industrialization, the debt crisis, stabilization and structural adjustment theory and combined the persistence of poverty and inequality, free trade and regional integration, and land reform with applied economic analysis to understand the various forces that have shaped economic development in Latin America today. Divergent theories of development and their applications to the region and historical roots of modern institutions will be examined.

Main themes of the course are:
1. The historical background of the Latin American states
2. The modern political and economic challenges confronting the region
3. Liberal economic reform, economic growth and the reduced inflation rates
4. Stabilization and structural adjustment programs as a cause of socio-economic dislocations and engender popular discontent
5. The role of the state, the market, and the informal sector in the development processes
6. The prospects of economic reform and sustainable development

1. Students are to understand theories of economic development, and how they apply to Latin America
2. Students are to understand how the history has shaped the problems of South America today
3. Students are to know and understand the current problems facing South America economies.
Course contents:
1.Introduction - Latin American historiography (allowance 2/2)
2.Overview of the Economic Landscape (allowance 2/2)
3.Economic Reforms and Modernization in Latin America (allowance 2/2)
4.Trade Liberalization, Regional Integration, and Free Trade Area (allowance 2/2)
5.Measuring Economic Development, Factor Endowments, Inequality and Poverty (allowance 4/4)
6.Import Substitution and Structural Adjustment programme (allowance 2/2)
7.Debt crisis and financial reforms in Latin America (allowance 2/2)
8.Macroeconomic factors of Economic Reform in Latin America (allowance 2/2)
9.Microeconomic factors of Economic Development in Latin America (allowance 2/2)
10.Latin America's Crisis of Representation and the welfare states (allowance 2/2)
11.Inflation and its effect on Latin America -- The Hyperinflation in Brazil (allowance 2/2)
12.The Economic Development in Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Cuba (allowance 4/4)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to work independently
-Communication in second language
-Designing and managing projects
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to analyse development problems and to suggest solutions.
-Ability to communicate in foreign language using corresponding terminology
-Analyze regional problems.
-Assess regional differences and possibilities to influence international inequalities.
-Awareness of the developing world’s problems
-Basic presentation skills.
-Familiarity with and understanding developing issues of Latin America
-Knowledge of economic, environmental, social and political development problems.
-Understanding diversity of developing countries

Type of course unit: optional
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice26 h
     consultation12 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam36 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     preparation of presentation8 h
     writing of seminar paper8 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
The structure of the final grade will be as follows:
Attendance,participation and discussion in seminars 10%
Two 10 page papers to be submitted plus presentation of a chosen country 20%
Final written exam 70%
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQTODARO, M P.Economic developmentHarlowPearson Addison Wesley20060-321-31195-7
RQCHALUPA, P. -- HUBELOVÁ, D.Cvičení z regionální geografie Amerika a AustrálieBrnoPaido2004
RQHUNTINGTON, S.Kam kráčíš, Ameriko? PrahaRybka Publisher2005
RQCHALUPA, P.Minulost a přítomnost Ekvádoru a KubyBrnoAkademické nakladatelství CERM2002


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