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Latin America: Themes and Problems (HI115-30)

Latin America Module Convenor: Dr Camillia Cowling (

Two 20-25 minute lectures, pre-recorded, per week.

These will be made available on the course website, normally from Wednesday morning each week. Make sure to watch them before seminars!

(See the Lecture Schedule page; click on the relevant week; lecture recording will be posted at top of page.)

Seminar Tutors:


Dr Camillia Cowling (

Office hours: Mondays 2-3 and Thursdays 2-3 (via Teams; term-time only, excluding Reading Weeks)

Office: H339


Seminar groups:

All groups run on Fridays, and will be taught by Dr. Camillia Cowling.

Due to social distancing measures, all seminars will start at 5 minutes past the hour and end at 10 minutes to the hour. (This includes online seminars.)

In WEEKS 2, 4, 8, and 10, classes will be ONLINE, via Teams.

In WEEKS 3, 5, 7 and 9, classes will be FACE-TO-FACE, in the following rooms:

  • Group 1: 9-10 in PS (Physical Sciences), 1.28.
  • Group 2: 10-11 in PLT (Physics, Second Floor)
  • Group 3: 11-12 in PLT (Physics, Second Floor)

This 30 CATS team-taught undergraduate first-year module draws on the expertise of several historians of Latin America. It offers a wide-ranging overview of themes and problems in Latin America’s social, political and cultural history. The module begins with the first meetings of Iberians, American peoples and Africans at the end of the fifteenth century, and ends by exploring the vibrant new social movements that helped shape democratic transitions, the left turn known as the "Pink Tide," and the recent resurgence of the right.The first term focuses on patterns of Spanish and Portuguese colonisation, construction of colonial societies, and contrasting independence processes; the second and third terms turn to the social, political, and economic problems of nation-state-building after independence. Along the way, a number of themes stand out: tension between elite projects and popular actions; the problems of political violence and democratic inclusion; Latin America’s revolutionary tradition; the quest for national identity; tensions and positionings over race, religion, gender and indigeneity; land and labour; and the growing economic and military might of the United States. Whether you might later choose to specialise in comparative Americas topics at Warwick, or whether you want to know more about the central place of Latin America within the broader colonial, post-colonial and global histories you're studying, this is the module for you.