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Latin America: Themes and Problems (AM101)

Latin America Module Convenor: Dr Camillia Cowling (c.cowling@warwick.ac.uk)
Lectures: Wednesdays 12noon-1pm, room LIB2 (from week 2)
Seminar Tutors:



Dr Rosie Doyle (R.Doyle.1@warwick.ac.uk)

Office hours: Mondays 10:30-11:30 am and Fridays 4-5pm in H333

 

Seminar groups (from Week 2):

All groups run on Fridays and will be taught by Dr Rosie Doyle.

  • Group 1: 10-11, H2.46
  • Group 2: 11-12, S0.28
  • Group 3: 2-3, H3.45
  • Group 4: 3-4, H4.45


This 30 CATS team-taught undergraduate first-year module draws on the expertise of a number of Latin American specialists to provide a wide-ranging overview of themes and problems in Latin America’s social, political and cultural history. The module begins with the first meetings of Iberians, American peoples and Africans at the end of the fifteenth century, and ends with a consideration of the vibrant new social movements that have helped shape democratic transitions and the new “Pink Tide” in recent decades. The first term focuses on colonial history and the eventual independence of the region; the second and third terms consider post-colonial nation-building. Along the way, a number of themes stand out: tension between elite projects and popular actions; the problems of political violence and democratic inclusion; Latin America’s revolutionary tradition; the quest for nation-building; tensions and positionings over race, religion, gender and indigeneity; land and labour; and the growing economic and military might of the United States. The module provides both excellent grounding for students who wish to specialise in comparative Americas topics in the future, and an excellent introduction to how the continent fits with and compares to other regions of the world and their histories.