Argentina: From Perón to Kirchner

Module code: SP2025

Module co-ordinator: Dr Clara Garavelli

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the historical and cultural development of contemporary Argentina from Juan Domingo Perón’s first government to the recent Kirchner administrations. Particular attention will be paid to the rise of Peronism, the dictatorship, the transitional period, the crisis of 2001 and the rise of Kirchnerism, drawing upon a range of materials, including fiction, documentary film, art works and media sources.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have developed a critical awareness of the two major socio-political movements and of the three key historical moments of Argentina’s contemporary history through a series of cultural responses to them. They will be able to discuss recurrent themes in recent Argentine history and to demonstrate their knowledge of literary, artistic and cinematic techniques through oral and written presentations.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Each new topic will be introduced by a lecture, followed by seminar presentations and group discussions.

Assessment Method

  • Essay, 2000-2,500 words (50%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Exam, 90 minutes (30%)


  • Peronism
  • Dictatorship and transition
  • Crisis of 2001
  • Politics of Memory
  • Kirchnerism      

Key background reading

Auyero, Javier, Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina. The Gray Zone of State Power (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Nouzeilles, Gabriela; Montaldo, Graciela, The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Additional resources

A full reading list will be provided in the first week of teaching and will be available on Blackboard.