Latin American Politics

Module code: PL2028

Latin America has witnessed both a tumultuous political landscape and political innovation. There are many issues fuelling political upheaval in Latin countries from social injustice, corruption, racism, sexism and environmental exploitation.

You'll be looking at the formation of the state and the emergence of democracy while comparing this to active right-wing parties. Assessing the nature of democracy will be central to the module, and you’ll investigate whether this system of government is beneficial, and the challenges it faces in a Latin context. How democracy addresses challenging social issues, and what effect it has, will also be a key theme.


  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 126 hours of guided independent study


  • Critical review, 1,500 words (40%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (60%)