Taught in Spanish. The course will examine the different border situations that characterize the landscapes of contemporary Latin American societies. We will study both the emergence of internal borders as a consequence of the socio-spatial fragmentation that takes place, as well as the processes of re-functionalization of international border regimes and the emergence of cross-border regions. In this sense, the course goes beyond the geopolitical view of borders as lines of separation and emphasizes them as complex social spaces from which a methodology of sociological and political analysis of value is derived. Students successfully completing the class will:
- Evaluate the influence of globalization on changing socio-spatial organization and on the configuration of new borders as critical data for contemporary sociology and political science.
- Become familiar with specifics of border situations in contemporary societies and their uses as a methodological resource for the analysis of social situations.
- Understand the complexities of contemporary international borders and the formation of cross-border spaces and transnational urban complexes as distinctive spaces of international relations.
- Analyze, compare, and evaluate international experiences in establishing and managing borders with respect to the European Union, NAFTA, and Latin America in particular, based on a series of relevant variables such as the socio-historical fabric, environment, security, trade, migration, institutionalism, etc.
- Understand Chile’s border situations and evaluate the opportunities and risks they present.
This course is taught at the Pontificia Universidad Católica and may not be offered every semester.
Department: Political Science