Spring 2018





Religion and Politics in Latin America: Religion and Politics in Latin America

Term: 
Spring 2018
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
LALS 385 601
Schedule: 
Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

LOMBERA, JUAN MANUEL

Course Description: 

This course offers an examination of the political and social role that the Catholic Church has played in Latin America from the time of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests in the 16th century to the end of the 20th century. Throughout this five-century period, the Catholic Church has not acted as a monolithic institution. Some members of the church have been associated with governments and those in power in order to exert control over the population. Others have been among the few individuals or institutions that have spoken up against the injustices and oppression both of colonial governments and of authoritarian regimes in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this latter period, our analysis will include the church’s role in defending human, civil, political, and indigenous rights and in promoting the transition from the military or civilian dictatorships of the 1960s to civilian democratic regimes of the 1980s and 1990s.