The Mexico-US Border: History and Culture

Module code: SP2022

Module co-ordinatorDr Sheldon Penn

Module Aims

This module examines the society and cultural identity of the Mexican-US Border region. It will begin with an exploration of the historical formation of the border and will go on to consider social and cultural issues through a set film, a novel and an extended essay on identity.

Learning Outcomes

You will gain an understanding of the key historical, social and cultural aspects of the border and be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues surrounding Mexican-US border identity as represented in the written and visual texts studied. You will be able to demonstrate this knowledge in oral and written form.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes will take the form of introductory lectures, group workshops and presentations.


  • Essay of 2,000-2,500 words (50%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Exam (30%)

Key Texts

  • Carlos Fuentes: La frontera del cristal (The Crystal Frontier) - studied in translation.
  • Gloria Anzaldúa: La frontera (Borderlands) - a multi-lingual text for English readership