• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Carlos Morreo Boada
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Where is Latin America, who lives there, where did they come from, and what are the issues that dominate their lives? This course addresses those questions, preparing the student for further study of Latin America through other courses offered in the College. Attention is given the history, geography, politics and economics of Latin America, setting the underlying trends in a contemporary context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Recall and explain the historical origins of contemporary Latin America;
  2. identify and analyse the opportunities and challenges presented by the region’s geography;
  3. Recognize and critique the dominant themes in the evolution of regional democracies;
  4. Outline and research the fundamentals of domestic and regional political economy in Latin America;
  5. Classify and evaluate the range of different political systems, ethnic compositions and social orderings in the region;
  6. Research a project on an issue related to the core course material using a regional country as a case study.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A 1,500 word essay assignment (40%) – learning outcomes 6, 5, 4, 3, 1;
  2. A 1,000 word literature review (20%) – learning outcomes 1, 2, 4,;
  3. A final exam (40%) – learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Skidmore and Smith, Modern Latin America

Burkholder and Johnson, Colonial Latin America

O'Toole, Politics Latin America




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8235 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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