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SP2036: LATIN AMERICA: TEXTS AND CONTEXTS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Patience Schell

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SP2039 Beyond the Columbian Exchange (Passed)
  • SP2539 Beyond the Columbian Exchange (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 9, 9, 11, 11, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18 - 19
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 10, 12, 15, 17

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x short story + commentary 2,000 words total (40%) 

1x group participation check in (pass/fail) (20%)

1x text/object analysis 500 words (20%)

1x take home exam (1,000 words) (20%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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