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SP50237: Latin America regional research specialism

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this unit you cannot take SP50235 or take SP50236 or take SP50238
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To allow students to develop a more in-depth and contextual understanding of key development issues in Latin America. To give the student an opportunity to plan and implement a piece of research (based on secondary sources) on a topic of their own choosing.
To enable students to develop a systematic and detailed multidisciplinary understanding of their chosen topic and to critically evaluate recent research related to it.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have a deeper, more coherent and up-to-date multi-disciplinary understanding of development issues in Latin America.
They will have improved their skills in locating and critically reviewing published research findings about the region and in discussing their views with others.
They will have identified and examined in-depth a contemporary development issue in the region and developed a systematic, detailed and critical multi-disciplinary perspective on it.

Cross-cultural and interpersonal sensitivity (Taught/Facilitated)
Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (T/F/Assessed)
Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar presentations) (T/F/A)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
Ability to synthesise and critically evaluate multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A)
Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer (T/F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance (T/F/A)
Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team (F/).

Part 1 comprises a review of major economic, social, and political trends in Latin America, contemporary development debates and related literature.
Part 2 comprises individual tutorials aimed at helping each student to identify a substantive essay topic of their own choice and develop a critical perspective on it. These topics are likely to draw on material covered in other Semester 2 units that do not have a regional focus. In this way this unit provides a way for students to develop expertise in the region by applying what they are learning in other units and to use these to develop a multi-disciplinary and critical perspective on them.
Part 3 comprises a series of seminar presentations and discussions based on students essay topics.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50237 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP50237 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.