Module Identifier IP39120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Lucy F A Taylor  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours (18 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours (5 x 1 hour)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours pre-released  50%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,500 words  50%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
When the course is complete, students should have a good understanding of the following:

- the key legacies of Latin American politics in the nineteenth century
- the patterns of post-war political incorporation and exclusion in Latin America
- the nature of populism in the post-war era and its adaptation to the neo-liberal era of today
- the impact and viability of the revolutionary option for Latin America
- the role of civil society in contemporary political life   
- recent developments in political discourse and strategies
- the salient and pertinent features of certain periods in the history of Argentina, Central America, Chile, Mexico, Peru & Venezuela.

Brief description

This module aims to introduce students to key issues in the study of Latin America, to explore these through focusing on case studies, and to reflect on contemporary political trends in the region.


The module aims to explore the strategies of political inclusion and exclusion adopted by both elite and non-elite political groupings in Latin America.


The module will begin with an introductory section which will explore key ideas in the study of Latin America. These include international aspects, gender, race, patronage and citizenship, drawing on historical experience in a wide range of coutnries as well as theoretical ideas.

The module will then explore these issues further in relation to three case studies: Argentina (patronage politics); Chile (citizenship and class) and Nicaragua (violent exclusion and repression).

We will then examine contemporary trends, to include the resurgence of neo-populism, the role of civil society and NGOs, issues of corruption and democratic disillusion and the resurgence of indigenous political organisation.

Transferable skills

Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills. The examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions, but giving students access to the examination questions a short time before the examination takes place, allows students to develop their thoughts on a given topic in a manner which better replicates experience in the workplace.

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Chalmers, D.A. et al (1997) The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation Oxford University Press
Craske, N (1999) Women and Politics in Latin America Polity Press
Daimond, L et al (1999) Democracy in Developing Countries: Latin America (2nd edn) Lynne Rienner Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6