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Undergraduate Course: Beyond Dictatorship: Human Rights in Latin America (HIST10422)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description This course explores the origins and evolution of human rights in Latin America. It pays attention to debates about the meaning of the concept of 'human rights', and it shows how those debates evolved in response to specific Latin American human rights crises. The course gives an overview of human-rights struggles throughout Latin American history, but mostly focuses on Cold-War dictatorships and civil wars of the 1960s to 1980s, looking at various country case-studies from the region. Finally, it explores the meanings of human rights in the contemporary landscape, asking what, if anything, the term still means in a neoliberal, transnationally linked 21st century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3000 word essay (40%)

Non-Written Skills:
Participation (10%)
Presentation (10%)

Two hour final exam (40%)
Feedback 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. 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;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
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.
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Course organiserDr Timo Schaefer
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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