This course is intended as an introduction to the study of Latin America using the concept of democracy as our optical lens. The course is concerned with both the object of study, Latin America, and the context from which the study emanates, the United States. What has been the experience of democracy within the Latin American context? What is said and thought in the United States regarding democracy in Latin America? How do these two traditions interact with each other? We will be concerned primarily with the post-World War II historical context and will look at societies in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Southern Cone. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives.