International relations

The Political Economy of Latin American Development

Module code: L2070ADU
Level 6
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

This course provides a long-term historical account and analysis of Latin America's formation and integration into the modern world system. It investigates patterns of growth and distribution of wealth over different periods of time and between countries. The course investigates how these patterns have influenced and have been shaped by three interrelated factors-domestic social structures, state formation and integration to the evolving world system. Key issues to be discussed in the course 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-conomic-economic structures of different countries; responses to globalisation, including the attempt at creating regional 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 continents population. This module is assessed by Assessed by a 70% 3.5K essay, 20% 1k Essay, 10% 20 minute Group presentation. We meet each week for a three hour seminar combining mini-lectures, group work, analytical exercises and open discussion.