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PL30593: Latin America in the global economy

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation (CW 15%)
  • Write up (CW 15%)
  • Exam (EX 70%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN30085
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* evaluate the nature and impact of globalisation on Latin America;
* apply knowledge to analyse the opportunities and limitations globalisation represents for different regions and countries;
* critically evaluate the link between economic, social and political global developments;
* discuss issues raised in Spanish.

Aims: The aim of this unit is to build on the ideas explored throughout the degree programme, concerning the economic, social and political impact of globalisation on Latin America. Theoretical and historical frameworks will be applied by students to specific national or regional case studies to allow them to assess the multi-dimensional impact of globalisation.

Skills: Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content: The course will focus on Latin America in the global context, tracing its insertion into the global economy from colonisation to the present day. It will focus on the political and economic causes and consequences of liberalisation and structural adjustment from the 1980s. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of the World Bank, WTO and IMF, and the issues of trade and debt, and the social implications of neoliberal restructuring. With the shift to the left in the 2000s, it will explore how countries respond to the consequences of such restructuring. These processes will be examined through theories of globalisation.

Programme availability:

PL30593 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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