Spring 2018

Transitional Justice in Latin America: Transitional Justice in Latin America: Lessons from Film, Case Studies, and First-Hand Accounts (Online)

Spring 2018
Course Number: 
LALS 526 640
Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm


Primary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Note: 
Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)
Course Description: 

Latin America often serves as a model for transitional justice, the process of dealing with past human rights abuses.  The region provides numerous insights because many of its countries have emerged from years of civil war or transitioned to democracy since the mid 20th-century.  This online class explores the nature, history, and context of transitional justice across the region through class dialogue on film, case studies, first-hand accounts, and scholarly research.  Engaging in comparative analyses of countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Colombia, students will consider such topics as the extent to which countries have moved from impunity to accountability for previous human rights violations, the effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms, such as trials versus truth commissions, and the theoretical, empirical, and historical arguments for transitional justice.  Finally, students will learn about transitional justice models  and processes worldwide, including the case of South Africa and the workings of the International Criminal Court, and analyze them according to the Latin American examples.