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Fall 2017
Jan 16, 2018
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LASP 513 - Current Topics in LA Pol Econ
LASP 513: Research topics in Latin American Political Economy: China’s Influence on Latin America 

Description of the Course 
China’s influence on Latin America has grown exponentially in the past decade and a half. China has emerged as the principal source of imports, and a major export destination for several countries as well as a rapidly emerging investor. China’s economic impact on the Latin American region has been uneven. China’s rapid industrialization and high growth rate underlie a voracious appetite for commodities, and strong demand from China and its Asian supply chain partners has led to a significant increase in the prices of many commodities exported by Latin American countries. As a result, the terms of trade have significantly improved for several South American countries, with the greatest beneficiaries those exporting petroleum and minerals and some food products. On the other side are the non-commodity exporters, which have not benefited from China’s terms of trade boost. To the contrary, Mexico and the Central American countries, whose primary exports are manufactured products and textiles and apparel that directly compete with China, have seen neutral or negative effects from China’s rise. 
This course will examine the growing literature on China’s impact on Latin America, focusing on the economic but also looking at the political, societal and security aspects. The course will be carried out as a seminar, which will require active participation. Students will be expected to engage in analytical exploration, serve as class discussion leaders, and carry out and present an in-depth research project. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Latin American Studies Program Department

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