Government and Politics in Latin America: States of South America
Winter 2021 - I would recommend taking Professor Csapo's courses. In this class, we had six assignments to do based on questions about the readings, a midterm, a research paper, and a final exam. Personally, my favorite assignment was the research paper if you are someone who enjoys working ahead of time. She gives students a lot of time to work on the research paper and is willing to help students refine their research question and argument if you stop by office hours or schedule an appointment. The research paper definitely allowed me to think about the concepts we learn in this course and beyond that and really develop my writing skills. I only suggest that students read the readings for the six assignments as it can be easy to try to just skim it and answer the questions but the grader sometimes can tell. Also, feel free to reach out to Professor Csapo ahead of time if you are confused about the readings as she is more than happy to help out. I really loved this course as Professor Csapo records all her lectures for students to access if they cannot make it live and she explains political science concepts in a way that makes sense for someone who is not really exposed to it. I enjoyed learning about South America and would recommend Professor Csapo and this class to anyone interested in learning about Latin America. This class definitely changed my viewpoint on military rule and taught me about ongoing political events that I did not know occurred in South America such as abortion rights and indigenous leaders/parties in federal office. I only wish there was more time in the quarter to go more in depth about some of the concepts discussed at the end.