Colonialism to Revolution: Power and Politics in Latin America
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
07 September 2023
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, the module will draw on a broad range of academic disciplines, ranging from anthropology, sociology, and cultural production, as well as economics, politics, and history.
The aims of this module are:
- To gain a critical awareness of the key historical processes that shaped the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.
- To study historical phenomena in interdisciplinary frameworks.
- To explore links between historical processes, socio-political formations, and cultural production.
- To gain an understanding of geo-historical relations between centres and peripheries in a broad historical context.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Interdisciplinary understanding of core processes that have shaped pre- and post-colonial Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Comprehension of how primary sources (historical documents, cultural production) shed light on these processes.
- Ability to identify links between social, political, economic and cultural phenomena.
- Preliminary grasp of comparative reasoning and of the links between macro and micro processes.
- Capacity to comprehend and summarise primary and secondary sources.
- Core skills to support independent research (text comprehension, analysis and summary; search methods for bibliography; essay writing).
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.
This module will be delivered via:
- One 1-hour lecture per week.
- One 1-hour class/seminar per week.
There will also be a Reading Week when no teaching will take place, exact week to be confirmed.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ian Dudley, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre General Office - 6.130; Email: email@example.com.
No external examiner information available for this module.
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