CS141-4-SP-CO:
Contemporary Challenges in Latin America

The details
2021/22
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
15
30 September 2021

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

CS143

Key module for

BA T711 Latin American Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA T721 Latin American Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA T731 Latin American Studies,
BA T7N3 Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7N2 Latin American Studies with Business Management,
BA T7N4 Latin American studies with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M8 Latin American studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M9 Latin American Studies with Human Rights,
BA R106 Language Studies with Latin American Studies,
BA R107 Language Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L994 Global Studies with Latin American Studies,
BA L995 Global Studies with Latin American Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA L996 Global Studies with Latin American Studies (including Placement Year),
BA L997 Global Studies with Latin American Studies (including Year Abroad),
BA L990 Global Studies and Latin American Studies,
BA L991 Global Studies and Latin American Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA L992 Global Studies and Latin American Studies (including Placement Year),
BA L993 Global Studies and Latin American Studies (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This first-year half-module provides an introduction to life in contemporary Latin America, offering insights into major trends and processes that have shaped realities in the region from the second half of the 20th century up to the present day.

Taught by academics who are experts in different fields, the module brings Latin America into focus through an interdisciplinary lens. As such, you will gain perspectives and methodologies from a broad range of studies and concepts, drawn from economics, politics, art history, literature, as well as sociology, contemporary history, and human rights.

Each week's lecture and seminar provide an opportunity to explore and discuss a specific core topic. These topics will span diverse issues, such as the impact of globalisation and neoliberalism; the struggle for democratisation; the shifting trends of migration; conflicts over extraction and the environment; among others.

As well as engaging with scholarly texts, we will also examine ways that the rich cultural production of Latin America and the Caribbean addresses the topics explored in the module, by engaging with films, documentaries, literature and artworks, including those held at Essex's unique on campus resource, the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), which is the largest collection outside Latin America.

You do not need to know anything about Latin America to do this half-module. All you need is an interest in learning more about recent trends and processes that have shaped contemporary Latin American life.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
• To introduce students to some of the broad social, cultural, economic, and political processes and trends that have shaped contemporary Latin America;
• To introduce students to the ways that artists, writers and film-makers have engaged with these trends and processes;
• To foster understanding about the links between micro-and macro processes and the similarities and differences in the ways they are lived in different Latin American countries;
• To encourage students to think in an interdisciplinary way, drawing on core concepts from relevant disciplines.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module the student should have:
* An interdisciplinary understanding of core trends and processes that have shaped contemporary Latin America, as well as knowledge of some recent works of art, literature, and film that cast light on the these;
* A preliminary grasp of comparative reasoning and of the links between macro- and micro-processes.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a one hour lecture and one-hour class/seminar each week. There will also be a Reading Week when no teaching will take place, exact week to be confirmed.

Bibliography

  • (no date) Dominican Republic Has It All (nation brand video).
  • Holden, Robert H.; Villars, Rina. (2013) 'What is Latin America?', in Contemporary Latin America, Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • (no date) Gender, Conflict, and Building Sustainable Peace: Recent Lessons from Latin America Journal InformationPublisher InformationRights & UsageView PreviewView Preview: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
  • Darío Indalecio Restrepo Botero and Camilo Andrés Peña Galeano. (no date) Territories in Dispute: Tensions between 'Extractivism', Ethnic Rights, Local Governments and the Environment in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru: Brill.
  • (no date) VIDEO: Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
  • Gonzalez, Mike. (2018-11-20) 'Introduction: Neo-liberalism on the attack', in The Ebb of the Pink Tide: Pluto Press., pp.1-27
  • (2020) Borea, Giuliana & Rember Yaharcani, “Amazonian Waterway, Amazonian Water Worlds,” Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art (London: Routledge, 2020), New York: Routledge.
  • Davis, Sujatha Fernandes and Jason Stanyek. (c2007) 'Hip-Hop and Black Public Spheres in Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil', in Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean, Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Bray, R. S. (2011-10-01) 'Teresa Margolles's Crime Scene Aesthetics', in South Atlantic Quarterly. vol. 110 (4) , pp.933-948
  • McGuirk, Justin. (2014) 'Torre David : A Pirate Utopia', in Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, London: Verso.
  • Holden, Robert H; Villars, Rina; EBSCOhost ebook collection. (2013) Contemporary Latin America: 1970 to the present, Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, a John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. publication.
  • Munck, Ronaldo. (2012) 'Introduction: Settings and Issues', in Contemporary Latin America, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Burdick, John. (c2012) 'Social Movements in Latin America: The Power of Regional and National Networks', in Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
  • Fregoso, Rosa Linda; Bejarano, Cynthia L. (c2010) Terrorizing women: feminicide in the Américas, Durham [NC]: Duke University Press.
  • MABEL MORAÑA. (2008) 'NEGOTIATING THE LOCAL: THE LATIN AMERICAN "PINK TIDE" OR WHAT'S LEFT FOR THE LEFT?', in Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean StudiesTaylor & Francis, Ltd. vol. 33 (66) , pp.31-41
  • Marc Becker. (2008) 'Correa, Indigenous Movements, and the Writing of a New Constitution in Ecuador', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc., pp.47-62
  • Gigoux, Carlos. (2017) 'Dispossession in South America', in Indigenous peoples and colonialism: global perspectives, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Burbach, Roger, Michael Fox, and Federico Fuentes. (2013) 'Globalization, neoliberalism, and the rise of the social movements', in Latin America's turbulent transitions: the future of twenty-first century socialism, London: Zed Books.
  • Gigoux, Carlos. (2017) 'Latin America', in Indigenous peoples and colonialism: global perspectives, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Feitlowitz, Marguerite. (c2011) A lexicon of terror: Argentina and the legacies of torture, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hillman, Richard S.; D'Agostino, Thomas J. (2011) 'Latin America: A Geographic Preface', in Understanding Contemporary Latin America, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Cynthia Berjano. (c2010) 'A Cartography of Feminicide in Latin America', in Terrorizing women: feminicide in the Américas, Durham [NC]: Duke University Press.
  • Mercedes Olivera and Victoria J. Furio. (2006) 'Violencia Femicida: Violence against Women and Mexico's Structural Crisis', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc.Sage Publications, Inc. vol. 33 (2) , pp.104-114
  • NEWS ARTICLE: Brazil's haircare queen: From shantytown to millionaire - BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35932532
  • Kaiser, Susana. (2002) 'Escraches: demonstrations, communication and political memory in post-dictatorial Argentina.', in Media, Culture & Society.. vol. 24 (4)
  • Jelin, Elizabeth. (2007-03-01) 'Public Memorialization in Perspective: Truth, Justice and Memory of Past Repression in the Southern Cone of South America', in International Journal of Transitional Justice. vol. 1 (1) , pp.138-156
  • (2014) Cities from scratch: poverty and informality in urban Latin America, Durham: Duke University Press.
  • WEBSITE: La Torre de David, http://latorrededavid.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Andrews, George Reid. (2004) 'Introduction', in Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Steve Ellner. (2012) 'The Distinguishing Features of Latin America's New Left in Power: The Chávez, Morales, and Correa Governments', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc. vol. 39 (1) , pp.96-
  • Thomas Angotti. (1996) 'Latin American Urbanization and Planning: Inequality and Unsustainability in North and South', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc.Sage Publications, Inc. vol. 23 (4) , pp.12-34
  • Amalia L. Cabezas. (2008) 'Tropical Blues: Tourism and Social Exclusion in the Dominican Republic', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc. vol. 35 (3) , pp.21-
  • Tom Angotti. (2013) 'Introduction: Urban Latin America: Violence, Enclaves, and Struggles for Land', in Latin American Perspectives: Sage Publications, Inc.Sage Publications, Inc. vol. 40 (2) , pp.5-20
  • Gigoux, Carlos. (2017) 'Colonial control of indigenous peoples in Latin America', in Indigenous peoples and colonialism: global perspectives, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • ART PROJECT: Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Forest Law (2014), https://www.geobodies.org/art-and-videos/forest-law

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Reading Summary (750 words)  21/02/2022  25% 
Coursework   Assignment 1 (1000 words)  14/03/2022  35% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 (1500 words)  25/04/2022  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Giulia Champion, email: g.champion@essex.ac.uk.
Various teaching staff throughout the University.
Interdisciplinary Studies General Office: 6.130. Email: istudies@essex.ac.uk (Academic Support Hours are displayed on office doors)

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 534 hours, 9 (1.7%) hours available to students:
525 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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