The module takes an interdisciplinary, regional approach to the challenges of social justice and sustainability in Latin America, offering insights into the major features of the region and trends emerging from the pandemic. You will gain perspectives from a broad range of fields, including politics, economics, and management, as well as sociology, contemporary history, political ecology and human rights.
The module starts with a critical understanding of the key characteristics of the region and an appreciation of the diversity of countries, political systems, economic development, cultures, and histories that characterise contemporary Latin America. The module then explores the concept of the ‘triple bottom line’ and the meaning of social justice in a region where the struggle for democracy, the recognition of human rights and transitional justice is set against staggering levels of flawed rule of law, organized crime, armed conflict, inequality, discrimination, and precarious urbanization have impacted economic development and social wellbeing. Using case studies and original research by the teaching team, the module explores how innovation, entrepreneurship, and emerging business models grounded on the ‘platform economy’ can impact economic development and social justice. Finally, the module considers the ways through which business can be a force for good and promote inclusiveness and the empowerment of minorities in the region. You do not need to speak Spanish or Portuguese to take this module. All you need is an interest in learning more about recent trends and processes shaping business and management and life in contemporary Latin America.