Undergraduate Course: Latin American Anthropology (SCAN10069)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||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||A survey of major contemporary debates and key works in the social anthropology of Latin America. The course will offer a geographically focused examination of politics, development, the environment, race, violence, religion, urbanization, and sexuality. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect on the different ways in which life in the region has been 'mediated' through literature, food, film, music, and other form of cultural production.
Anthropologists working in Latin America have been at the forefront of the discipline's theorization of racial and economic inequality, the culture of politics, and urban life. Latin America has also been a site for major studies of social change, including civil war, migration, and economic globalization. This course will provide students with an introduction to the major themes and debates in the anthropology of Latin America. Through a close reading and discussion of ethnographic works, films, music, and other media, students in the course will become familiar with the breadth of languages, religions, political formations, and cultural systems of the area. Particular attention will be paid to recent interests among anthropologists in urban life, violence, religious syncretism, environmental politics, sexuality, and social movements.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Review Essay, 1200 words. 30%
Final Essay, 3000 words, 70%
||The review essay will be completed after week 5.
Nearer the end of the semester (i.e. in weeks 9 and 10) tutorials will provide opportunities to work on developing final essay plans.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand Latin America's place in the global economy from a socio-cultural perspective.
- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate films, music, and other kinds of media using the tools of social theory
- Have an advanced understanding of the dynamics of religious conversion and syncretism.
- Analyse violence as a structural, symbolic, and everyday phenomenon
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the dynamics of sexuality and politics in Latin America
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students leaving this course will
demonstrate an understanding of the methods and value of cross cultural comparative analysis
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different social and cultural contexts, institutions, processes and ideas;
evaluate alternative explanations of particular social contexts, processes, and events
be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts
make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
understand and act on social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities, and help others to do the same
|Course organiser||Dr Agustin Diz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
|Course secretary||Miss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337