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PL20783: Introduction to contemporary Latin American politics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 33%, EX 67%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an introduction to twentieth-century Latin American politics and society; to theoretical frameworks for understanding political trends and tendencies; to the relationship between politics, history and economics and society; and to the main domestic and international forces that shaped Latin American political development in the twentieth century.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* demonstrate a solid understanding of the political, social and economic changes in 20th century Latin America;
* demonstrate understanding of the inter-relationship between political and socioeconomic changes that occurred;
* demonstrate understanding of the domestic and international influences on political development;
* show advanced analytical, presentational and writing skills in Spanish.

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 taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning and language skills are developed in this unit.

An overview of contemporary Latin American history, which examines a range of events and issues, including:
* the legacy of colonialism;
* ISI, modernization, the debt crisis, and socioeconomic transformation in the 1980s;
* the influence of the Mexican Revolution;
* Populism, nationalism and the rise of authoritarianism;
* the impact of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War in Central America;
* the opportunities and limits of redemocratization.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL20783 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UHPL-AYB20 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UHPL-AYB22 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Russian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UHPL-AYB19 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA (hons) Spanish and Politics (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.