2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SPPO2510 Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)
20 creditsClass Size: 22
Module manager: Dr Peter Watson
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsSuccessful completion of Level 1 in BA programmes with Spanish.
Pre-Requisite Modules: Either SPPO1010 Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 1
Or SPPO1091 Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language (A2 of the CEFR)
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Brazil and Cuba from Colonies to Republics
|Latin America (c1800-c1930)
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module explores the history of Spanish America and Brazil since independence, examining both general themes and case studies from specific countries. The central themes will be: the background to and the achievement of independence from Spain during the period 1800-1825; the transition from colony to empire in Brazil; the period of political and economic 'instability' from 1830 to 1880; the progressive integration of Latin America into the international economy between 1880 and 1930, and the social and political repercussions of export-oriented development. Case studies will be drawn principally from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the political, social and economic trajectory of Latin America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries;
- be able to identify and analyse the political conflicts which have accompanied the construction of the state in the post-independence period.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Have displayed the aptitude and confidence in planning and delivering a research presentation
2. Have developed their analytical skills while examining and comparing historical sources
3. Be able to demonstrate capacity for critical thought and the skills necessary to exercise this in sustained debate in lectures and seminars
4. Be able to produce a sophisticated and well-organised essay, using knowledge acquired in class and through independent reading, and addressing issues with reference to their specific contexts
5. Be able to draw evidence from a wide range of sources in support of a clear, well-structured and convincing argument
6. Be able to summarise and evaluate an academic argument with relation to a familiar topic
This course will examine the history of Latin America (including Brazil) since independence, examining both general themes and case studies from specific countries.
The central themes will be:
- the background to and the achievement of independence from Spain during the period 1800-1825;
- the transition from colony to empire in Brazil;
- the period of political and economic 'instability' from 1830 to 1880;
- the progressive integration of Latin America into the international economy between 1880 and 1930, and
- the social and political repercussions of export-oriented development.
Case studies will be drawn principally from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study170 hours - reading/preparation
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackVia seminar participation.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|1,000 word book review
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Students may choose to complete their book reviews in the medium of Spanish or English. There is an expectation that Spanish A students will complete the assessment in Spanish. Language will not be assessed in either case.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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