SA.551.100.  Economics of Immigration.  4 Credits.  

Examines the economic causes and consequences of international migration. The central focus is an economic analysis of the general patterns of population flows, their determinants and their impact. Analyzes these primarily within a comparative context of the North American experience, although also considers other case studies. Current US migration policy is examined so as to understand how the US system is 'broken' and what is meant by ' true immigration reform'. Includes consideration of the Canadian experience, in that Canadian immigration policy seems to get many things 'right'.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.840.715[C]

SA.551.101.  Energy in the Americas: Conflict, Cooperation & Future Prospects.  4 Credits.  

Analyzes the political economy of energy conflict and cooperation in the Americas by function and in terms of major players. The functional component covers the politics of oil, natural gas issues, biofuels, energy infrastructure, energy organization and regulation, private and public sector participation, geopolitics and other energy topics. The major players component includes the politics of energy in Canada, Mexico, the United States, the Andean countries, Brazil, the Southern Cone and Venezuela, and also offers a global perspective on the impact of the world’s major energy producers and consumers (i.e. China, India, the Middle East countries and Russia) on the Americas.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.761[C]

SA.551.102.  Financial Crises and Policy Dilemmas in Emerging Markets and Latin America.  4 Credits.  

The course will focus on key macroeconomic and financial policy issues with a focus on Emerging Markets. The course is divided into two parts. The first part explores the causes, dynamics and consequences of selected crises episodes affecting emerging markets, especially in Latin America; from the debt crises of the 1980’s to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part of the course addresses selected issues regarding crisis resolution, including the political economy of crises, their long run impacts on the economy, and the future of the international financial architecture. By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to identify the major factors leading to crises in emerging markets, assess the difficult policy trade-offs that policymakers face when dealing with crises, and evaluate alternative policy options.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.727[C]

SA.551.103.  Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean: New Challenges Amidst Growing Insecurity.  4 Credits.  

Introduces students to the changing political economy of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The course is divided into three parts: Mexico (eight sessions), Central America (three sessions) and the Caribbean basin (two sessions). Devotes particular attention to political and economic institutions, political culture, social and political conflict, market liberalization in the region’s countries and a case study of Cuba.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.903[C]

SA.551.104.  Middle Power Diplomacy.  4 Credits.  

International relations scholarship pays close attention to the Great Powers, and concern over failed states. With the formation of the G20, there is a multilateral forum where Great Powers and the Rising Powers of Brazil, Russia, India, and China can shape the global agenda. Yet in every era and every stable international order there is an important role for Middle Powers – countries whose capacity to foster or disrupt order leads them to “punch above their weight” in international relations. Canada self-identifies as a Middle Power, but today the status of Middle Power is claimed by states in every region and on every continent.This course considers the dilemmas and strategies of Middle Power diplomacy, and how the United States, Great Powers and Small States interact with them. Over the course of the semester, we will consider what role Middle Powers play in the contemporary international system, and what to do about it.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.840.706[C]

SA.551.105.  Policy Consulting Practicum.  4 Credits.  

This course gives students the chance to work as a team on a consulting project for a public sector client. An MOU serves as the consulting contract, and the client provides research questions, a point of contact, and access to government professionals and subject matter experts as well as contacts in the private sector to facilitate research. The client and policy topic changes every year, contact the instructor for details.<a href="" target="_blank">Click here to see a video introduction for the course.</a>

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.840.718[C]

SA.551.106.  Politics of North American Economic Integration.  4 Credits.  

As the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after 25 years demonstrated, economic linkages in North America continue to be contested politically at the national and subnational level. The proposed update, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, would recommit to deepening continental economic integration while retaining the NAFTA model’s governance structure: sovereign governments negotiate regulatory and border security cooperation on an ongoing basis and conduct investment, intellectual property, and monetary policy independently. Students in this course will explore the governance of economic flows among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The course will evaluate how important sectors have adapted supply chains and market strategies in response to regional economic integration and how economic partners outside North America—like China, the European Union, and Japan—operate in the North American market.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.610.705[C]

SA.551.107.  Security, Conflict, and Migration in Latin America.  4 Credits.  

This course provides an introduction to the study and analysis of both the history and the evolution of the security policy sphere. This policy sphere is defined in a broad sense—from nation states, to guerrillas and insurgencies, to organized crime, gangs, traffickers, that is, all enemies of the state. The main lens of analysis is the study of the multiple strategies that the US has implemented to confront the evolving conflict and security challenges in Latin America: some debatably successful like Plan Colombia, and others less so, such as the interventions in Nicaragua. The lack of economic opportunity, rampant corruption, weak rule of law and fragile government institutions continue to riddle Latin America and serve as migration factors. Newer initiatives such as the Merida Initiative, the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Alliance for Prosperity are also analyzed to learn from the past and the present to address shortfalls and potential solutions in a region beleaguered by insecurity and violence, in spite of the absence of international wars.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.724[C]

SA.551.108.  Understanding Modern Latin American Politics.  4 Credits.  

Covers the basic interpretive frameworks that have been employed to analyze political and economic change in Latin America, from the original debates between modernization and dependency theory through the rise of authoritarian regimes to the more recent studies on democratic transitions, democratic strength/weakness, neoliberal politics and economics, the post-Washington consensus years, and the great challenges the region still faces in, among others, effective governance, sustained economic growth, migration, poverty and inequality, and energy and environmental considerations.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.700[C]

SA.551.109.  Urban Economics in Emerging Markets: Sustainability, Health & Infrastructure.  4 Credits.  

Focuses on the urban trends in Latin America and other emerging markets, reviews the factors that explain urban form and discusses public policies that aim at dealing with urban growth while promoting livable and sustainable cities. Reviews the macro and micro foundations of urban economics and urban markets. Looks at the functioning of local governments, the role of city development strategies, municipal finance, access to credit and capital markets, corruption, violence prevention and urban poverty.

Prerequisite(s): Students may not register for this class if they have already received credit for SA.810.799[C];SA.100.303[C] OR SA.300.699[C] OR SA.300.700[C] OR SA.999.699[C] OR SA.999.700[C];SA.100.304[C] OR SA.300.701[C] OR SA.300.706[C] OR SA.999.701[C]

SA.551.110.  Latin American Study Trip.  4 Credits.  
SA.551.111.  Contemporary Inter-American Relationships.  4 Credits.  

The Americas face daunting, interlinked challenges not seen in over four decades, impacting the contours and dynamics of Inter-American relations. This policy seminar course exposes students to the current dynamics prevalent in the complex web of relationships between Washington and other Latin American and Caribbean capitals, and the diplomatic and geopolitical dynamics at play across the continent at a time of growing global uncertainty. In recent years, some of the hemisphere’s disturbing trends, such as political and social polarization and dysfunctional governance, institutional erosion or distrust in government and institutions have been compounded by a challenging mix of growing public insecurity, income inequality, social and economic dislocation, the impact of climate change, migration flows, and a growing footprint and appetite by extra-regional revisionist powers, amongst other salient issues. The course is structured around a specific set of policy issues relevant in the Americas today. Each topic module, designed to analyze and understand policymaking processes across the region, will cover and address both the policies at stake and key relationships and stakeholders (State and non-State actors). In the face of a serious lack of regional and subregional cooperation and common Inter-American purpose to find practical, constructive solutions to many of those challenges, students will be encouraged throughout the course, via policy memos and simulation exercises, to debate -as applied professionals or practitioners- specific policy issues and craft policy resolution roadmaps, with both U.S. and Latin American and Caribbean perspectives in mind.