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Course Overview

This course uses texts, which can include plays, films, novels, music, letters and an etiquette guide, to understand issues, concerns and themes in Latin American history. The course is organised chronologically and each week classes focus on texts from a particular country as a means to discuss bigger questions, such as how to make a new nation after three hundred years of colonial rule and a decade of warfare, how to demonstrate your honourability in an anonymous city and what cultural models are the best source of inspiration. The course also focuses on 'context' shared throughout Latin America.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Patience Schell

Qualification Prerequisites

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

  • One of SP1028 Spanish Language 2 (Passed) or SP1528 Spanish Language 2 (Passed) or SP2025 Spanish Language 3 (Passed) or SP2525 Spanish Language 3 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course explores themes and issues raised by written and visual texts from Latin America. The texts will be related to their local and international contexts of production and consumption. The course aims to equip students with analytical skills in preparation for more advanced study of literary and visual texts at Honours level, but is also suitable for students not intending to proceed to Honours.

Further Information & Notes

Students intending to proceed to honours are advised to take Spain: Texts and Contexts as well as this course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 40% short story + commentary 1,500 words total (40%); group project (20%); and one two-hour written examination (40%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment



The above assessments are given CAS marks, and additional written or verbal feedback is also given.

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