On succesful completion of this module students will have gained an appreciation of:-
the diversity of social formations in the Americas
the legacy provided by both colonialism and independence in the Americas
key moments in the development of select American states
key contemporary issues and concerns across the Americas.
Students will be able to:
refer to and evaluate a range of interdisiplinary literature on the history of the Americas as well as particular case studies
demonstrate an awareness of the practical role played by Geographers in the development of the Americas
further develop their own critical thought, writing and presentation skills.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the varied social, economic, and cultural landscapes of the Americas.
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the varied social, economic, and cultural landscapes of the Americas. Focusing on several key themes, such as colonization and independence, nation building and modernization, the course will emphasize how and why diverse forms of government have attempted to 'shape' New World social formations, as well as the aims and ideals of select groups who have worked to produce alternate visions of society. In-depth case studies ranging from the making of the American West to the Cuban revolution, and from the civil rights movement to the rise of Aryan patriot groups will be used to draw out these themes. Students will read both theoretical works and empirical studies of particular peoples and places, and will explore how people and place have been represented in maps as well as diverse written texts. Themes:
Independence in the New World and its Legacy
Modernization and Development in the US
Modernization and Development in Central and South America
Nation Building and Cultural Marginalization
Socialism and its Variations across the Americas
Race: From Civil Rights to Patriotism
New Social Movements
Conclusions and Revision
** Recommended Text
Burkholder, Mark A. and Johnson, Lyman, L. (2003) Colonial Latin America
Oxford: Oxford Uni. Press
Burns, E. Bradford (2002) Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History
Eaglewood Cliffs, N.Y. : Prentice Hall
Cronon, William, Miles, George and Gitlin,Jay (eds) (1992) Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past.
Norton. Classmark: F591.U5
Jackson, John Brinckerhoff (1994) A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press. Classmark: GF90.I6
Nelson Limerick, Patricia (1987) The Legacy of Conquest.
Norton. Classmark: F591.T7
This module is at CQFW Level 5