Latin American Culture and Society: Mexico and Mesoamerica

Module code: SP1027
Module co-ordinatorDr Sheldon Penn

Module Aims

Focussing on the regions of Mesoamerica and Mexico, this module will provide you with a broad understanding of some of the key historical, cultural, social and political foundations of Latin America as a basis for your linguistic and content studies at undergraduate level. This study will be carried out through the analysis of both textual and visual media.

Module Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the set topics through informed oral contributions in class and coherent analytical writing in the coursework essay.

Topics covered

  • The Geography of Latin America
  • Indigenous Cultures and Societies of Mesoamerica
  • The Conquest of the Americas
  • Indigenous People, Society and Politics
  • Cultural Expression and Identity
  • 20th Century Revolution: Mexico
  • Art and Society: Mexican Muralism


  • 3 hours of lectures
  • 7 hours of seminars
  • 90 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 1,500-2000 words (100%)

Key Texts

  • Green, Duncan, Faces of Latin America (Latin American Bureau, 2005)
  • Keen, Benjamin, A History of Latin America (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
  • Fuentes, Carlos, The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World (André Deutsch, 1992)