Latin American Culture and Society: South America
Module code: SP1029
This module will provide you with an understanding of some of the key political, cultural, and social changes that have taken place in South America since the Conquest.
On completion of this module you will have developed an understanding of the history and culture of South America. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge through informed oral contributions in class and a coursework essay.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Classes will largely take the form of introductory lectures and seminars with students undertaking preparatory reading for class discussion.
- Essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words
- The Conquest and its aftermath
- Bartolomé de las Casas: defender of indigenous rights
- José Martí: ‘Nuestra America’
- The Putumayo Rubber Boom: genocide in the Amazon?
- Bananas and Coca Cola: the price of commodity trade
- September 11th in Chile: Pinochet and the Disappeared
- Coca culture and Evo Morales
- Plan Colombia
- The rise of the Left: Hugo Chávez
- Eduardo Galeano: Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent  (Monthly Review Press, 1997)
- Duncan Green: Faces of Latin America, 3rd edn (LAB, 2006)
- Thomas Skidmore and Peter H Smith, Modern Latin America, 6th edn (Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Edwin Williamson, The Penguin History of Latin America (Penguin, 1992)