Drugs and Displacement in Contemporary Colombian Culture

Module code: SP2036

This module will introduce you to aspects of contemporary Colombian culture through an examination of literary and cinematic texts. It will begin with a consideration of the recent history of Colombia, particularly of the drug industry, and will go on to explore the social and political contexts of each of the set texts and analyse their themes and style. On completion of this module you will have developed a critical awareness of the texts and films studied and of their social and historical contexts. You will be able to discuss recurrent themes in contemporary Colombian culture and demonstrate your knowledge of literary and cinematic techniques through oral and written presentations.

Topics covered

  • Testimonio
  • Narratives of displacement
  • The literary and cinematic representation of violence
  • Drugs in contemporary Colombian culture

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 130 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay (70%)
  • Oral presentation (30%)