International relations

The Political Economy of Latin American Development: in-depth Analysis

Module code: L2070SDU
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

In this module, you explore 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.

You explore how these patterns have influenced and have been shaped by three interrelated factors:

  • domestic social structures
  • state formation
  • integration to the evolving world system.

The key issues that you discuss in this module 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 political-economic structures of different countries
  • responses to globalisation, including the attempt at creating regional blocs across the region
  • 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 continents population.

This module is associated with Dr Ben Selwyn.