Campus euro-latino américain, Poitiers
Course validation : Participation : 20% of grade will be assigned based on active seminar participation. Final paper (20 pages) developing a major issue related to the seminar. This paper must involve additional research to what has been read in the seminar. You may choose the theme and approach but a proposal of the paper must be discussed with and approved by the professor. Workload : Sessions readings and regular work for the ﬁnal paper. Pedagogical method : One hour of magistral class. One hour of debate on Latin American cases. Course Description : Although democracy has consolidated in much of Latin America, many decisive features of the democratic regime diverge among countries. Why are states effective in some cases but weak in others ? What explains the rise of powerful leftist and indigenous movements in some countries but not others ? Why do some countries have legitimate institutions while others do not ? Why is civil society strong in some countries but not others ? All these variables strongly shape the current democracies in Latin America. Rather than pointing to the democratic commonalities through the continent, this course examines how evolving patterns of state-society relations underlie the “varieties of democracy” in contemporary Latin America. The course aims to develop a historical and comparative approach to state-society relations in LA. Are there particular and distinctive trajectories in the slow process of democratization in the LA countries ? For sure, there is not a single common democratic trajectory in the continent ; but neither is each country absolutely unique. The goal in this course, hence, is to explore the main trajectories of democratization in LA, approaching this issue in a comparative and historical perspective. Finally, understanding Latin American politics also requires a cultural insight of politics in the region. In that sense, during the semester, in addition to the academic reading, students will have to read a classic novel on Latin American politics. Required reading : Journal of Democracy, Vol. 27, July 2016, Issue 3 ; Juan Pablo Luna, Segmented Representation. Political Party Strategies in Unequal Democracies. Oxford Studies in Democratization, 2014.
TOPICS IN LAW
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 48 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Marie Hélène TOMLINSON (Enseignante). Prerequisite : Students should be aware that complex legal terminology or “jargon” will be minimized in this seminar, although some basic legal vocabulary will be presented in class lectures. Pedagogical format : Lecture and tutorials Senior lecturers : Marie Hélène TOMLINSON (Enseignante). Course validation : The overall assessment will be divided into an end-of-semester examination (30%) and session work (60%). Session work assignments will consist in an individual presentation and in a 5 page dissertation to be handed in at the end of the semester. The end of semester examination will be composed of a general essay. Each student will be required to report on their personal and group work as well as to participate in class discussion. Class participation will constitute 10% of the overall grade. Workload : Reading and preparation of class material. Presentation assignments. Pedagogical method : This seminar will be comprised of lectures and in-class discussion of print material, video and/or other media. Active student participation in class discussions is essential for the course to function. This seminar will include a visit to the various courthouses of Poitiers, and if possible, a brief “guest lecture” by a French judge and or attorney. Course Description : By the end of the seminar, students should be able to understand the major elements of the criminal justice system in France (a “civil law” system) as compared to the criminal justice system of the United States (a “common law” system) as well as be able to evaluate the advantages and the weaknesses of each system. This seminar will examine how the h