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Undergraduate Course: Latin American Anthropology (SCAN10069)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science 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
SummaryA 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand Latin America's place in the global economy from a socio-cultural perspective.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate films, music, and other kinds of media using the tools of social theory
  3. Have an advanced understanding of the dynamics of religious conversion and syncretism.
  4. Analyse violence as a structural, symbolic, and everyday phenomenon
  5. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the dynamics of sexuality and politics in Latin America
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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
KeywordsLatin America,anthropology,media,religion,politics,sexuality
Course organiserDr Agustin Diz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
Course secretaryMiss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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