Latin America in the 20th Century (HIH2136A)
|Staff||Dr Tobias Rupprecht - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, and in reporting on your work. It provides you with an opportunity to explore broadly the rich and fascinating history of a non-European world region, and it helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history. It will also give you an opportunity to work in a team on a group presentation.
In exploring the events and developments of Latin American modern history, you will be invited to view regional histories in global context, and to learn the techniques of transnational and transregional history necessary to understand the political, economic and cultures flows across the world. By the end of the module, you will be able to analyse the factors and events that have shaped modern Latin America, and forge independent arguments through critical engagement with translated primary sources and secondary material.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Display a broad knowledge of main political, social, economic and cultural developments in the history of modern Latin America.
- 2. Understand a number the key historiographical debates in the field.
- 3. Evaluate the main themes in the subject and to collate information upon, and evaluate in greater detail, those aspects of the module discussed in seminar and especially those topics selected by students for their coursework.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Analyse the key developments of the 20th century outside of the North-Atlantic world.
- 5. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, in English.
- 6. Interpret primary sources.
- 7. Trace long-term as well as short-term historical developments.
- 8. Recognise and deploy historical terminology correctly.
- 9. Assess different approaches to historical writing in areas of controversy.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Work both independently and in a group, including participating in oral seminar discussions.
- 11. Identify a topic, select, comprehend, and organise primary and secondary materials on that topic with little guidance.
- 12. Produce to a deadline and in examination conditions a coherent argument.
The lecture and seminar programme will cover such topics as Latin American revolutions and political upheavals, the emergence of populism, Argentinean nationalism, the role of Latin American states in the Second World War, the Cold War in the Americas, the Cuban Revolution and its repercussions in the Caribbean and on the continent, Latin America’s role within the Third World, military dictatorships, guerrilla movements, the civil wars in Central America, the return to democracy; the reactions to the Great Depression, economic nationalism and import substitution, dependency theory, Chile as an authoritarian laboratory for neoliberalism; the role of Latin American intellectuals, the export of popular culture; European and Asian migration to South America, Latinos in the United States; Brazil and the group of BRIC states, the return of leftist populism in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22 hours||Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22 hours||Seminars; these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare for each seminar and present on a given topic in groups of 4 on 4 occasions|
|Guided independent study||22 hours||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234 hours||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan x 1||500 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 minutes||1-11|
|Exam||50||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3000 words||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
|Group Presentation||Script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-11||Referral/deferral period|
|Exam||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Hal Brands: Latin America’s Cold War, Harvard University Press 2010
Greg Grandin: Empire's Workshop. Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism, Owl Books 2006
Eduardo Galeano: Open Veins of Latin America. Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Monthly Review Press 1973
Plinio Mendoza et al.: Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot. Madison Books 2000
Nicola Miller: In the Shadow of the State. Intellectuals and the Quest for National Identity in Twentieth-Century Spanish America. Verso 1999
Peter H. Smith: Talons of the Eagle. Latin America, the United States, and the World, Oxford University Press 2008
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