Scholars have recently embraced a turn towards ?transnationalism? ? an approach to the study of the movement of goods, people, and information beyond state boundaries - as a framework or set of theoretical and methodological approaches for understanding Latin America as a distinct world region. This course considers a variety of topics including environmental issues, the Cold War, the drug trade, border politics, religion, economic development, the persistence of social inequality in the region, the persistence of regional identities and loyalties, forms of political activism and the ?failures? of radical politics in the context of neoliberalism.