Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
EU30675: In search of Latin America: diversity and the dream of unity
|Assessment:||CW 33%, ES 67%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take EU20467|
This unit aims to provide an overview of the search for a Latin American identity through a range of cultural expressions including art, literature, music and film. A historical overview and theoretical framework will lead to a focus on a series of twentieth century case studies in terms of national, regional and thematic expression.
Students who complete the unit will be able to:
* show an understanding of the tension between the search for Latin American cultural unity, and ethnic, cultural and political diversity
* explore the relationship between identity and forms of cultural expression
* undertake detailed analysis of different forms of cultural expression in the light of historical developments and relevant theory.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication in the target language, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.
The unit will cover historical background from the Mexican Revolution to the present time, exploring political concepts such as authoritarianism, national identity and the search for independence through the media of art, literature and cinema. We will concentrate on a number of case studies which will include Mexican muralism, politically committed poetry and the "New Song" movement. This unit is interdisciplinary and is taught in Spanish.