The Political Economy of Latin American Development (L2070A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module provides a long-term historical account and analysis of Latin America's formation and integration into the modern world system.

You investigate patterns of growth and distribution of wealth over different periods of time and between countries.

In particular, you investigate how these patterns have influenced and been shaped by three interrelated factors: domestic social structures, state formation and integration to the evolving world system. 

Key issues include:

  • the Iberian political economic lethargy
  • attempts at constructing cohesive state structures and state-led economic development
  • the influence of rural and urban social movements on the politico-economic structures of different countries
  • responses to globalisation, including the attempt at creating blocs across the region
  • and a discussion of the extent to which the current 'pink tide' (or red wave) constitutes a realistic alternative political-economic trajectory for the mass of the continent's population.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: