University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Geosciences : Geography

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.
Course description 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.
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
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) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

Comparative critique and review 30%, 1500 words

Decolonial 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

Special issue of Cultural Studies on Globalization and the De-colonial Option 21(2-3), 2007

Broek S and Junker C (eds) (2015) Postcoloniality-Decoloniality-Black Critique: Joints and Fissures. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag

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.

De Sousa Santos B (2007) Beyond abyssal thinking: From global lines to ecologies of knowledges. Review (Fernand Braudel Center) 30(1): 45¿89

De Sousa Santos B (2014) Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers

De Sousa Santos B (2015) If God Were a Human Rights Activist. Stanford: Stanford University Press

Dinerstein A C (2015) The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organizing Hope. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Escobar A (2010) Latin America at a crossroads: Alternative modernizations, post-liberalism, or post-development? Cultural Studies 24(1): 1-65.

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

Galeano E (1973) Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. New York: Monthly Review Press

Grosfoguel R (2006) World-systems analysis in the context of transmodernity, border thinking, and global coloniality. Review (Fernand Braudel Center) 29(2): 167-187

Grosfoguel R (2011) Decolonizing post-colonial studies and paradigms of political-economy: Transmodernity, decolonial thinking, and global coloniality. Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 1(1): np

Grosfoguel R (2012) Decolonizing Western Uni-versalisms: Decolonial Pluri-versalism from Aimé Césaire to the Zapatistas. Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 1(3): 88-104

Harcourt W (ed) (2015) The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Chapters 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3)

Knippers Black J (ed) (1998) Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise: A Multidisciplinary Introduction. London: Westview Press.

Kusch R (2010[1970]) Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América. Durham: Duke University Press.

Lugones M (2003) Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield

Lugones M (2007) Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System. Hypatia 22(1): 186¿209

Lugones M (2010) Toward a decolonial feminism. Hypatia 25(4): 742-759

Mignolo W D (2000) Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Mignolo W D (2000) The geopolitics of knowledge and the colonial difference. South Atlantic Quarterly 101(1): 57¿96

Mignolo W D (2005) The Idea of Latin America. Malden: Blackwell.

Mignolo W D (2011) The Darker Side of Western Modernity : Global futures, Decolonial Options. Durham: Duke University Press

Munck R (2013) Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony, and Social Transformation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Muteba R (eds) (2012) Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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

Quijano A (2005) The challenge of the ¿indigenous movement¿ in Latin America. Socialism and Democracy 19(3):55¿78.

Rivera Cusicanqui S (2012) Ch¿ixinakax utwixa: A reflection on the practices and discourses of decolonization. South Atlantic Quarterly 111(1): 95-109

Sanjinés J (2013) Embers of the Past: Essays in Times of Decolonization. Durham: Duke University Press.

Schiwy F (2009) Indianizing Film: Decolonization, the Andes, and the Question of Technology. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press

Vianello A y Mañé B (eds) (2011) Formas-Otras: Saber, Nombrar, Hacer, Narrar. Barcelona: CIDOB

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

Walsh C (2010) Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements. Development 53(1): 15¿21

Williamson E (2009) The Penguin History of Latin America. London: Penguin

Zibechi R (2012) Territories In Resistance: A Cartography of Latin American Social Movements. Oakland: AK Press
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 Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information