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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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an Honours course in Geography that studies the continent that we now call Latin America through a decolonial, feminist, and anti-capitalist lens. It enables students to work effectively with decolonial theoretical perspectives and non-Eurocentric knowledges in order to analyse the cultural, political, economic, environmental, and epistemic challenges facing contemporary Latin America and the diverse and creative ways in which Latin Americans mobilize against coloniality and oppression.
Course description Please be warned that this course contains challenging material, that deals with many human rights abuses in Latin America, including state-led massacres of indigenous peoples, spectacular forms of misogyny and sexual violence, and the violent pollution of lands and waterways by oil and other multinational companies. This material can be hard to encounter and digest, but it is important to your
understanding. At the same time, the course also seeks to be uplifting and provide a sense of hope, by focusing on inspirational collective movements to build a better world. It encourages reflection on how we too might build a sense of solidarity with oppressed peoples and move beyond a world that oppresses, excludes and destroys.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
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%.

Reflective review (1,500 words) - due in Week 4
Decolonial option essay (2,500 words) - due in Week 11
Reflections on learning and student course grade (800-1000 words) ¿ due in mid-December

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 an advanced understanding of the ways in which the cultural, the economic, the political, the social, the environmental and the epistemic are entangled in Latin American development practice and theory
  4. Understand the importance of cultural politics and political activism and struggle 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, social movements, or political processes
Reading List
There are two key supporting texts for this course, a textbook and a handbook. They
are both available in the library, so there is no need to purchase unless you wish to.

Cupples J (2013) Latin American Development. London: Routledge (TBLAD)

Cupples J, Palomino-Schalscha M and Prieto M (2019) The Routledge Handbook of
Latin American Development. London: Routledge (HBLAD)

Highly recommended texts

del Sarto A, Ríos A and Trigo A (eds) The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader.
Durham: Duke University Press

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

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

In addition, there is a decolonial reading list that you make extensive use of during
the course and in your final essay. It is not all required reading and conversely, the
sources listed here should not be seen as definitive and exhaustive. Some of your
reading will be determined by your chosen essay topic.

You should also make good use of key journals, including Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography; Bulletin of Latin American Research; Cultural Studies; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning B; Journal of Latin American Studies; Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Journal of Latin American Geography; Latin American Perspectives; Latin American Research Review; NACLA among others.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Reading, writing, analysing, communicating, group work
KeywordsLatin America,development decolonisation,gender,media,environment,neoliberalism,indigeneity,s
Course organiserProf Julie Cupples
Tel: (0131 6)51 4315
Course secretaryMiss Leigh Corstorphine
Tel: (01316) 502572
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