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Course Overview

This course asks what it means to be a citizen in Latin America (though with a focus on Mexico). It will combine history and ethnography. Citizenship is often described as rights-bearing membership in nation-states, and we will see that this has been important in Latin America, past and present. However, we will draw on a variety of readings, including the lecturer's own ethnography, to see that there has been more to citizenship than this.,

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Trevor Stack

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of European Studies (EU) (Studied) or Literature In A World Context (LW) (Studied) or Hispanic Studies (SP) (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SP4088 Citizenship in Mexico and Central America B (Passed)
  • SP4088 Citizenship in Mexico and Central America B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses on the principles and practices of citizenship across Latin America. It begins with the history of citizenship in colonial times before looking at the nationalisation of citizenship in the nineteenth century. The second half of the course focuses on the "citizen-ization" of Latin American society and politics by which government and many social movements have come to emphasise the importance of treating people as citizens and of promoting citizenship. The readings will show, however, that citizenship has been understood differently at different times and places.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with Citizenship in Latin America B.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Two essays 2,000 words (40% each) and in-course assessment (20%) (consisting of 10% student-led discussion and 10% individual oral presentation).

Resit: Two essays (50% each).

Formative Assessment

The first written assignment has a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CAS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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