Undergraduate Course: Development and Decolonization in Latin America (GEGR10114)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
Week 1 - Introduction to course/historical overview
Week 2 - Economic development
Week 3 - Political struggles
Week 4 ¿ The rise and fall of the pink tide
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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Comparative critique and review 30%, 1500 words, due Monday 12 noon (Week 5)
Decolonial option essay 70%, 2500 words, due Friday 12 noon (Week 12)
||Written feedback on written work, verbal feedback in class and during office hours.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have a knowledge of key theoretical perspectives in Latin American development and be able to critically evaluate their significance
- Be able to recognise, analyse, interpret and critique development discourses related to Latin American development
- 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
- Understand the importance of everyday media geographies in Latin America in representing, making and contesting development
- Have an in-depth understanding of the modernity/coloniality/decoloniality research paradigm and be able to apply it to specific development issues
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Reading, writing, analysing, communicating, group work
|Keywords||Latin America,development decolonisation,gender,media,environment,neoliberalism,indigeneity,s
|Course organiser||Dr Julie Cupples
Tel: (0131 6)51 4315
|Course secretary||Miss Kirsty Allan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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