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SPAN2014 Ethnography of Latin America

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Students will develop: • An understanding of the cultures of different Latin American peoples • Knowledge of central themes in the anthropology of Latin America • Critical insights into general questions of ethnographic representation • Awareness of the dominant social issues and historical contexts of the region • Knowledge of the tools needed to pursue independent research in and about Latin America

Syllabus

Topics covered in this module are likely to include: • Anthropology and Latin America • Conquest and colonialism • Ritual and religion • Kinship and family • Gender, race and ethnicity • Illness and health • The State, civil strife and social movements • Neoliberalism and migration • Transnational Communities in the U.S.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture and discussion

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Seminar22
Wider reading or practice38
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Donna Goldstein, Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown.

Amores Perros.

Daniel R. Reichman, The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration and Globalization in Honduras.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Class participation 20%
Essay  (2000 words) 80%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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