Undergraduate Course: Beyond Dictatorship: Human Rights in Latin America (HIST10422)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the history, theory, and practice of human rights in Latin America. Too often the concept of human rights throughout the region exclusively invokes the image of maniacal military dictators abusing their own citizens, torturing and disappearing innocent people at will. While this caricature indeed captures some truth, in this class we well delve further into the broader meanings and case studies of how human rights have reshaped the histories, politics, and cultures of Latin America since the middle of the 20th century.
The course is divided into three sections intended to draw out the origins and evolution of human rights in Latin America. First, we will study the period of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone from the 1960s through the 1980s. By way of case studies, we will focus mainly in this first section on Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. In the second section, we will look at Guatemala and Colombia, examining human rights issues under authoritarian governments and also after the return to civilian rule. Finally, we explore the meanings of human rights in our contemporary landscape, asking what, if anything, the term still means in a neoliberal, transnationally linked 21st century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
3000 word Testimonio Book Essay (40%)
Seminar facilitation (once during semester) (10%)
Two hour final exam (40%)
The Testimonio book essay will require students to read a novel or work of testimonial non-fiction chronicling a case of human rights abuses or advocacy in Latin America. Students will then write a 3000 word essay that places the themes of our class into dialogue with the content of that book.
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Dunn, C. 2014. "Desbunde and its discontents: Counterculture and Authoritarian Modernization in Brazil, 1968-1974," The Americas, 70:3.|
Feitlowitz, M. 2011. A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture. New York: Oxford University Press.
Grandin, G. 2005. "The Instruction of Great Catastrophe: Truth Commissions, National History, and State Formation in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala," American Historical Review 110:1.
Mallon, F.E. 2005. Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Mechú, R. 2009. I, Rigoberta Menchú. An Indian Woman in Guatemala. New York: Verso.
Stern, S.J. 2006. Remembering Pinochet's Chile: On the Eve of London 1998. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Weschler, L. 1990. A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers. New York: Pantheon Books.
Wright, L. 2007. State Terrorism in Latin America: Chile, Argentina, and International Human Rights, Rowman and Littlefield.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Timo Schaefer
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry