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AM101 - Latin America: Themes and Problems

  • Module code: AM101
  • Module name: Latin America: Themes and Problems
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is a core component of the first year Comparative American Studies module and an option available to first and second year students in History and in joint degrees with History. This module is an introduction to the history of Latin America. It covers the period from the start of European colonisation in the late 15th century to the new social movements of the 1990s-2000s. The first term explores both the continent’s colonial history and the history of its emancipation from Spanish and Portuguese rule in the early 19th century, focusing particularly at the role of slavery and race in the creation of colonial Latin American society. We also begin examining the process of nation-building that led to the creation of separate republics after the collapse of colonialism. During the second and third terms, the module looks in greater detail at the development of post-independence history in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Chile. We study the many revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements that developed in 20th-century Latin America, and also examine the role of the USA in shaping the continent’s history.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will: understand the historical processes that led to the formation of the republics that comprise today’s Latin America; appreciate the importance of colonialism, slavery and race in shaping Latin American society; express yourself in written work with greater fluency and coherence; have improved your ability to assess and evaluate historical analysis and argument.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module runs throughout the year, with weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cas/undergraduate/modules/am101

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM101-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 3