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SPAN2005 Gender, Race and Nation in Modern Latin America

Module Overview

The course examines major turning points in Spanish and Portuguese America from the middle nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on how these upheavals affected and reflected the politics of class, gender and race.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• deepen and widen your understanding of modern Latin American history and society • introduce you to theoretical debates on gender, race, the nation-state and class • give you an understanding of some specific ways in which gender, class and race have been historically constituted • enhance your ability to analyse historical materials • enhance your skills in academic writing and oral presentation

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Modern Latin American history, politics and society
  • Theories of gender, race, class and nation-state formation
  • How to analyse the historical construction of gender, class and race
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Think about historical processes
  • Evaluate different theories and how they affect our understanding of society
  • Develop an initial analysis of the historical construction of gender, class and race
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Deliver better oral presentations
  • Lead and participate in discussions
  • Use secondary historical sources more effectively
  • Write more analytical essays
  • Initially analyse how history shapes the present
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Read, think and talk about historical literatures
  • Extract key analytical points from historical literature
  • Summarise major contributions to historical debates

Syllabus

In this course you will study the past in order to understand the present. The course examines major turning points in Spanish and Portuguese America from the middle nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on how these upheavals affected and reflected the politics of class, gender and race. We will investigate how nation- states endeavoured to forge class, gender and race relations of a particular type, and how different sectors in society struggled with or against the state. We examine the role of outside actors, particularly the U.S. and Great Britain, and assess their impact on Latin American politics and society. The course introduces you to theoretical debates on gender, race, class and the nation-state; we analyse how race and gender are historically constituted, and how different theoretical approaches to history mould our understanding of the past and present. Case studies will include some of the following: the Mexican Revolution, the Zapatistas, Brazilian slavery and emancipation, the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement, the Cuban Revolution, Chile before and after Pinochet, the Sandinistas of Nicaragua, Guerrilla Warfare in Peru, Guatemalan Indians and the State, the Perons and the Dirty War in Argentina, Drugs and Violence in Colombia. Material studied will include primary and secondary sources.

Special Features

The lectures and seminars will treat theoretical and analytical issues relating to class, race, gender and the nation-state in a general historical framework, and in Latin America in particular. In seminars you will be encouraged to discuss theoretical and analytical issues as they apply to the Latin American material at the core of the course, and to consider these issues in a comparative framework. The essays will demonstrate your grasp of the theoretical and analytical issues at hand, as well as your writing and presentation skills. The class presentation will enable you to develop confidence in your ability to present analytical material in oral form in such a way as to interest an audience of your peers. The written essays will test your knowledge of the Latin American material, your understanding of the major theoretical issues and your ability to analyse key issues at the heart of historical debates.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • seminars • group discussion • independent study Learning activities include • using and evaluating primary and secondary historical texts • selecting and analysing historical materials for class presentation and essays • presenting theoretical and historical analyses in class

TypeHours
Revision40
Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions2
Lecture12
Seminar12
Follow-up work4
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Peter Wade (2010). Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. 

Ada Ferrer (1999). Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation and Revolution,1868-1898. 

Daisy Rubiera Castillo (2000). Reyita. 

Elizabeth Dore and Maxine Molyneux, eds (2000). Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback • Guidance and feedback during group discussion

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 45%
Essay  (2000 words) 45%
Seminar presentation 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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