- Student Records
Programme & Unit Catalogues

PL20958: Introduction to 20th and 21st century Latin America

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 10%, ES 45%, EX-TH 45%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation* (CW 10%)
  • Essay* (ES 45%)
  • Open Book Examination of 48 hours duration* (EX-TH 45%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
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 build on and develop understanding of key structures and institutions of Latin American political life; to evaluate elements of change and continuity from the 1880s. To introduce students to the history of colonial legacy in Latin America, examining the region's contemporary situation on the world stage within the context of colonialisation, anti-colonialism, post-colonialism, and multiculturalism. To study a range of Latin American cultural activities, examining different genres (plays, novels, paintings and audiovisual documents).

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* demonstrate familiarity with key political terminology and different interpretations of political events since 1940;
* demonstrate a broadened and consolidated knowledge of contemporary Latin American politics and society;
* discuss topical social, political and economic issues in Latin America.
* have an appreciation of the interplay between history, politics, and culture within Latin America
* have acquired advanced reading, listening, and note-taking skills in Spanish;
* be equipped with advanced theoretical and practical tools to engage with cultural artefacts and political issues which articulate the period;
* be able to mobilize knowledge gained from lectures and readings.

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, cultural awareness, transferable skills and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit. Language skills are also developed in this unit.

The Unit is taught in Spanish. Contents include:
The legacy of colonialism; ISI, modernization, Latin American identity, Magical realism, the debt crisis, and socioeconomic transformation in the 1980s; the influence of the Mexican Revolution; Muralism, Populism, nationalism and the rise of authoritarianism; the impact of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War in Central America; New Latin American Cinema, the opportunities and limits of democratization.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL20958 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) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB20 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 2)