Colonialism to Revolution: Power and Politics in Latin America
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 11 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
07 May 2021
Requisites for this module
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 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)
This interdisciplinary module provides an introduction to the history, politics and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, offering insights into major trends and processes that have shaped the region. As we trace the region's history from its pre-Columbian roots up to the mid-twentieth century modernisation, we will draw on a broad range of academic disciplines, ranging from anthropology, sociology, and cultural production, as well as economics, politics, and history.
The weekly lectures and seminars will examine a series of core topics, such as: indigenous societies, European conquest, colonial life, the quest for independence, the challenges of nation building, and revolutionary struggle. As well as engaging with scholarly texts, we will also explore the topics covered in the module through the rich cultural production of Latin America and the Caribbean, by engaging with historical documents, digitised primary sources, political manifestos, films, documentaries, literary texts and artworks, including those held at the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), the University's unique resource.
The aims of this module are:
1. To gain a critical awareness of the key historical processes that shaped the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean
2. To study historical phenomena in interdisciplinary frameworks
3. To explore links between historical processes, socio-political formations, and cultural production
4. To gain an understanding of geo-historical relations between centres and peripheries in a broad historical context.
By the end of this module, the student should have:
1. Interdisciplinary understanding of core processes that have shaped pre- and post-colonial Latin America and the Caribbean;
2. Comprehension of how primary sources (historical documents, cultural production) shed light on these processes;
3. Ability to identify links between social, political, economic and cultural phenomena;
4. Preliminary grasp of comparative reasoning and of the links between macro and micro processes;
5. Capacity to comprehend and summarise primary and secondary sources;
6. Core skills to support independent research (text comprehension, analysis and summary; search methods for bibliography; essay writing)
No additional information available.
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.
- Terraciano, Kevin. (2010-11-29) 'Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish American Society', in A Companion to Latin American History, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., pp.124-145
- Bantjes, Adrian. (2008) 'The Mexican Revolution', in A Companion to Latin American History, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Renda, Mary. (2008) Practical Sovereignty: The Caribbean Region and the Rise of US Empire, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Martinez- Fernandez, Luis. (2008) 'The Cuban Revolution', in A Companion to Latin American History, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Chambers, Sarah. (2008) 'New Nations and New Citizens: Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, Peru, and Argentina', in A Companion to Latin American History, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Rodriguez, Jaime. (2008) 'The Process of Spanish American Independence', in A Companion to Latin American History, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Holloway, Thomas H. (2010-11-29) 'Introduction', in A Companion to Latin American History, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., pp.1-9
- Seed, Patricia. (2010-11-29) 'Exploration and Conquest', in A Companion to Latin American History, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., pp.73-88
- Holloway, Thomas H. (2008) A companion to Latin American history, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
- Knight, Franklin W. (2010-11-29) 'Slavery in the Americas', in A Companion to Latin American History, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., pp.146-161
- O'Toole, Rachel. (2008) 'Religion, Society and Culture in the Colonial Era', in A Companion to Latin American History, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
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
||Reading Summary (750 words)
||Assignment 1 (1000 words)
||Assignment 2 (1500 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lisa Blackmore, email: email@example.com.
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre General Office - 6.130; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 552 hours, 18 (3.3%) hours available to students:
534 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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