• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Latin American Studies
  • Major code LAMS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Latin America’s history is a collision of culture and politics, wealth and poverty. In this major you will study a history of corruption, colonisation and celebration. Off the back of its traumatic history, Latin America is growing economically at breakneck speed and you will move along with it. For aspiring comerciantes and cultural buffs alike, our major immerses you in a region of extremes.

The major is structured to require study in each of four components: language & culture (including at least basic familiarity with Spanish and/or Portuguese), history, politics & international relations, and development studies. Students then choose either to develop further breadth across two or more of these components, or to gain depth in one of these components.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Latin America, especially the interaction between the indigenous societies of the region and European societies;
  2. identify and critique one of more of the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Latin America including with reference to theories of development and underdevelopment;
  3. analyse the global significance of events and developments in Latin America; and
  4. demonstrate an introductory knowledge of either Spanish or Portuguese, or both.
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Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units from courses on the following lists, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of 1000-level courses
A minimum of 6 units of 3000-level courses

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
HIST2230 Latin America: Conquest and Colonisation 6
POLS2095 Politics in Latin America 6
POLS2011 Development and Change 6

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
PORT1001 Introductory Portuguese I 6
PORT1002 Introductory Portuguese II 6
PORT2001 Continuing Portuguese I 6
PORT2002 Continuing Portuguese II 6
SPAN1001 Introduction to Spanish I 6
SPAN1002 Introduction to Spanish II 6
SPAN2001 Continuing Spanish I 6
SPAN2002 Continuing Spanish II 6

A maximum of 18 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  FILM 2013: Cinema in Spanish
SPAN2604 Multilingualism and indigenous peoples in the Americas 6
SPAN2602 The Structure of Spanish 6
SPAN2603 History of the Spanish language. A linguistic time travel 6
SPAN2102 CULTURA, cultura, kultura: Spanish Language and Culture Workshop 6
SPAN2107 Cinema from the Spanish-speaking World 6
SPAN3100 Current Affairs in the Spanish-speaking World 6
SPAN3101 Music and Society in the Spanish Speaking World 6
LANG3004 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LING2027 Language and Society in Latin America 6

A maximum of 18 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIST2205 Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492–1776. 6
HIST2238 Human Rights in History 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
HIST2241 Global Aboriginal and Native Histories 6

A maximum of 18 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A 6
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6
POLS2117 The International Relations of Latin America 6
  POLS 3030: Politics of Brazil
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict 6
POLS3037 Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy 6

A maximum of 18 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 6
ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change 6
ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development 6
SOCY2060 Mobile Societies 6
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