Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 33%, EX 67%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The purpose of this unit is to analyse in depth aspects of contemporary Latin American political, social and economic development. Theoretical frameworks for analysis will be applied to national case studies across the continent to allow students to assess democratic, development, risk analysis and current social and economic trends.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* understand the nature and limits of democratisation, and the forces which influence and shape it
* critically evaluate the link between economic, social and political development in Latin America
* apply theoretical frameworks to actual national case studies to evaluate current and future development.
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.
A series of lectures to give students the theoretical tools if necessary for analysis and evaluation of Latin American development, including theory and practice of democratisation, the role of the military, the relationship between democracy and economics, the post-Cold War, post September 11th role of the US, the impact of the drugs trade, and the role of civil society.
Students will apply theoretical frameworks to national case studies to evaluate the nature and limits of democracy, obstacles to further democratisation, conflict resolution and the nature and role of external influences. The unit is taught in Spanish.
PL30568 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies