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Undergraduate Course: Development and Decolonization in Latin America (GEGR10114)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to key theoretical perspectives in Latin American development geography, including dependency theory, postdevelopment, feminist approaches and the MCD paradigm. Drawing on a wide range of historical and contemporary case studies from across the continent, it will explore the main development challenges facing the region and the diverse and creative ways in which people respond to them. Students will also gain an in-depth knowledge of how these processes can be theorized. The course will be delivered through a weekly two hour class meeting that will combine lectures, class discussions, and student presentations. Visual media including documentaries and YouTube clips will be used to illustrate and provoke engagement with core concepts. Students will gain insights on Latin American development from geography, development studies and cultural studies.
Course description Week 1 - Introduction to course/ Historical overview
Week 2 - Economic Development
Week 3 - Political struggles
Week 4 - Film screening: South of the Border
Week 5 - Environmental politics
Week 6 - Identity politics
Week 7 - Indigenizing development
Week 8 - Media and communication for development
Week 9 - Film Screening: A Little Bit of So Much Truth
Week 10 - Decolonial option I
Week 11 - Decolonial option II and course wrap up

See above
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  41
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Comparative critique and review 30% (1500 words)
Option Essay 70%, 2500 words
Feedback Written feedback on written work, verbal feedback in class and during office hours.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a knowledge of key theoretical perspectives in Latin American development and be able to critically evaluate their significance
  2. Be able to recognise, analyse, interpret and critique development discourses related to Latin American development
  3. Have a sense of the ways in which the cultural, the economic, the political and the social are entangled in Latin American development practice and theory
  4. Understand the importance of everyday media geographies in Latin America in representing, making and contesting development
  5. Have an in-depth understanding of the modernity/coloniality/decoloniality research paradigm and be able to apply it to specific development issues
Reading List
Cupples, J. (2013) Latin American Development. London: Routledge
Andolina, R., Laurie, N. and Radcliffe, S. (2009) Indigenous Development in the Andes: Culture, Power, and Transnationalism. Durham: Duke University Press

Chant, S. and Craske, N. (2003) Gender in Latin America. London: Latin America Bureau
del Sarto, A. Ríos, A. and Trigo, A. (eds) The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader. Durham: Duke University Press

Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton : Princeton University Press

Escobar, A. (2008) Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes. Durham: Duke University Press

Franko, P. (2007) The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development. 3rd ed. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield

Galeano, E. (1971) Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina. México: Siglo XXI

García Canclini, N. (2001) Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Panizza, F. (2009) Contemporary Latin America: Development and Democracy Beyond the Washington Consensus. London: Zed Books

Roberts, J. T and Thanos, D. T. (2003) Trouble in Paradise: Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America. London: Routledge

Wade, P. (1997) Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. London: Pluto Press

Williamson, E. (2009) The Penguin History of Latin America. London: Penguin
Special issue of Cultural Studies on Globalization and the De-colonial Option 21(2-3), 2007
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Reading, writing, analysing, communicating, group work
KeywordsLatin America,development decolonisation,gender,media,environment,neoliberalism,indigeneity,s
Course organiserDr Julie Cupples
Tel: (0131 6)51 4315
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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